UW to host Civil Rights attorney Jason Downs, lawyer on Freddie Gray and Flint, Mich. cases

Nov. 1 SJT: Public Defense’s Role in Advancing Social Justice

SJTTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127.

This event will provide an introduction to the defenders; Seattle’s front-line soldiers in the battle for criminal justice reform. Besides providing legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, the King County Department of Public Defense also works to address racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of justice involvement, and other structural issues that undermine the rights of the criminally accused. DPD representatives will speak to their own experience in criminal law, as well as their role in justice reform movements currently underway here in King County.

Panelists include: La Mer Kyle-Griffiths is the Training Director for the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, WA. Before that, she practiced for over 15 years as a public defender in both Kentucky and Massachusetts. She has tried juvenile, adult and a death penalty case as well as arguing two cases to the Kentucky Supreme court; Amy Parker has been serving as a public defense attorney in King County for more than a decade, and recently served as the interim supervisor for the Associated Counsel for the Accused at Seattle Municipal Court. She is a leader in the public defense community and a respected litigator who has brought multiple felony cases to trial; Sade Smith grew up in Pullman, Washington and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2011. Sade entered public defense shortly after graduation as a public defender in Burlington and Mount Vernon. Since 2014 she has been on case load with the Northwest Defenders Division of the King County Department of Public Defense.

Nov. 1: Panel on I-732: WA Carbon Tax Proposal

elslogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 117.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for a 4-person panel to discuss the proposed Carbon Tax initiative, I-732, on the ballots for this election. Dr. Todd Wildermuth will be moderating the panel, which will include two panelists discussing support for the initiative and two panelists discussing opposition against the initiative. Panelists in support of I-732 will include representatives from Carbon WA and Audobon. Panelists in opposition to I-732 will include representatives from the Washington State Labor Council and One America.

Please join the Environmental Law Society for this great panel to learn more about the controversial Carbon Tax proposal in Washington and gain more insight to make an informed vote this voting season. Food will be provided and a 15-minute open Q&A session will allow for interested parties to ask questions from the panelists.

Nov. 1: Rape on the Night Shift Film Showing

PILA LogoTime: 6 to 9 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is hosting a showing of Rape on the Night Shift, a news investigation into the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry. Please join us for the film showing and a panel discussion that will follow the film. The panel will feature speakers from API Chaya, UNITE HERE! Local 8, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Food will be provided.

Nov. 4: Sexual Assault Trauma-Informed Victim Empowerment (STRIVE): Sexual Assault Protection Orders and Victim Rights

logo_ywcaTime: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

Place: Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Suite 2200, Seattle, WA 98101

This CLE by the Sexual Violence Legal Services – YWCA will introduce participants to the unique legal needs of sexual assault survivors when seeking a civil protection order or protecting their privacy rights in criminal cases.  The program will provide an in-depth and interactive examination of Washington laws and statutes protecting survivors of sexual violence, along with ethical considerations when representing them.  Participants may earn up to an additional 24 CLE credits representing an SVLS-referred pro bono client.  Agenda and registration at here.

Nov. 7: Special Lunch with Civil Rights Attorney Jason Downs

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 115.

Join for an informal gathering preceding Mr. Downs’ evening presentation. Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Nov. 7: Racial Justice in Modern America: From Baltimore to Flint & Beyond

screenshot-2Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Place: UW School of Law, Room 133

Jason Downs is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Mr. Downs focuses his practice on complex cases involving fraud, conspiracy, and police brutality. He was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million. He is currently part of the litigation team handling a class action in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Also, he currently represents the family of Terrence Sterling in the police-involved shooting in Washington, DC. Read the flyer here.

Accountability Counsel is keeping an eye out for UW Law students for two fellowships & other job opportunities!

King County Public Defenders are seeking summer interns!

1280px-logo_of_king_county_washington-svgSummer 2016 1L Intern Announcement

The Department of Public Defense is a new King County department, providing indigent defense in all of the major case areas and serving more than 15,000 clients a year. It has four divisions, each with its own staff of lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, docket clerks, and more. Those divisions – previously nonprofit law firms that provided public defense – are: Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), Northwest Defenders Association (NDA), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) and The Defender Association (TDA).  The Director’s Office oversees policy development, staff training and caseload management and provides administrative support to the four divisions.

 There are opportunities for One L students to intern at one of these divisions or within the Director’s Office over the summer of 2016 and receive a variety of experiences. One L interns will be asked to assist in the research and writing of issues for the benefit of our indigent clients in the practice areas of Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, Sex Offender Commitment, Involuntary Commitment, Dependency, Therapeutic Courts and more. A one L intern will be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail/other facilities where our clients are housed, assist with investigations, record gathering, and more.  Within the Director’s Office, interns will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative responses and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation.  All hiring will occur centrally.

 Contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Training Director, at Lamer.kyle-griffiths@kingcounty.gov.  Materials requested are a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references.  Please also mention your preferred start and end dates, as well as any geographic preference.

 Summer 2016 2L/3L Intern Announcement

The Department of Public Defense is a new King County department, providing indigent defense in all of the major case areas and serving more than 15,000 clients a year. It has four divisions, each with its own staff of lawyers, investigators, social workers, paralegals, docket clerks, and more. Those divisions – previously nonprofit law firms that provided public defense – are: Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), Northwest Defenders Association (NDA), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP) and The Defender Association (TDA).  The Director’s Office oversees policy development, staff training and caseload management and provides administrative support to the four divisions.

 There are opportunities for Rule 9-qualified students to intern at one of these divisions or within the Director’s Office over the summer of 2016 and receive a variety of experiences. Rule 9 interns will be able to represent clients, receiving active supervision and intensive training in both procedure and trial skills. In addition, Rule 9 students will be asked to assist in the research and writing of issues for the benefit of our indigent clients in the practice areas of Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Felony, Sex Offender Commitment, Involuntary Commitment, Dependency, Therapeutic Courts and more. Rule 9 students will also be able to view various substantive court hearings, assist with preparation for such hearings, meet clients, visit the jail and other facilities where our clients are housed, and assist with investigations, record gathering, and more.  There will also be positions in the Director’s Office, where 2Ls and 3Ls will assist in editing and gathering resources and briefs, policy drafting, legislative response, and other macro-level functions to assist defenders and their clients. Possible placements are in Seattle, Redmond or Kent. All offices are accessible via public transportation.  All hiring will occur centrally.

Contact La Mer Kyle-Griffiths, Training Director, at Lamer.kyle-griffiths@kingcounty.gov.  Materials requested are a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references.  Please also mention your preferred start and end dates as well as any geographic preference.

Jackson County, OR – Deputy District Attorney I (District Attorney Criminal Division)

nlwvciovProvides legal representation to prosecute a broad range of crimes in Circuit Court. May prepare and handle child support enforcement and modification hearings and trials. May prepare and present juvenile delinquency and dependency matters in the Circuit Court.

Examples of Essential Position Duties

  • Reviews and evaluates factual and legal bases for cases filed to determine legal sufficiency. Prepares charges to be filed with the court.
  • Prepares for motion hearings and trial through witness interviews, legal research, and investigation of facts and information; drafts, prepares, and files appropriate legal documents. Consults with law enforcement personnel regarding cases.
  • Evaluates cases for appropriate disposition; prepares for and participates in plea negotiations with defense counsel as necessary.
  • Organizes cases for trial; drafts and files legal documents and prepares questions and arguments necessary for hearings or trials; notifies and interviews witnesses; reviews evidence.
  • Under general direction, conducts courtroom proceedings; determines strategy, organization, evidence presentation, appearance of witnesses, and jury instructions.
  • Remains current on new laws, regulations, and procedures.
  • Answers questions and provides information to law enforcement personnel, the public, victims, and others regarding general legal principles, the court process, and other related matters.
  • Adheres to County and departmental policies and procedures as well as safe work practices, policies and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other staff, public officials, the general public and representatives of other agencies.
  • Attends and participates in required trainings.
  • Has regular and reliable attendance.
  • Working irregular hours is required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

For more information about the position, click here.

The Office of Labor Standards is accepting applications for the position of Labor Standards Investigator

city_logoAs a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity, address wage gaps and create a fair and health economy for workers, businesses and residents, the City of Seattle created an Office of Labor Standards (OLS) in late 2014. OLS implements City ordinances on minimum wage, paid sick and safe time, use of criminal history in employment decisions, wage theft and other laws that the City may enact in the future. OLS is housed within the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR).

The Labor Standards Investigator position is a full-time emergency position with funding through December 31, 2016.

This position will be responsible for receiving and processing intakes, drafting complaints, and handling a complex caseload requiring investigation and resolution of complaints of violations of the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, Fair Chance Employment Ordinance (formerly known as the Job Assistance Ordinance), Minimum Wage Ordinance, Administrative Wage Theft Ordinance, and dual-filed discrimination cases in employment.
Applications close on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 4 pm.

Click here to apply.

Accountability Counsel is keeping an eye out for UW Law students for these two fellowships!

ac-logo-20141-300x75Washington, D.C.-based Policy Fellows

Policy Fellows will support Accountability Counsel in promoting corporate and government accountability and the protection of human and environmental rights. In this context, Fellows help advance our policy work toward the improvement of accountability mechanisms and their creation where they do not exist. Responsibilities include: conducting research and policy analysis; producing memos; reporting on international and domestic legal/policy developments; supporting our coalition-building efforts; and assisting with the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and campaigns. Fellows will participate in meetings with stakeholders in government, business, international institutions, and partner organizations, as appropriate.

Positions are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. We accept applications for semester- and year-long positions from law students, graduate students and recent graduates (within on year of graduation) in relevant fields. Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year.

Our Summer 2016 Policy Fellow application can be found here.  We will begin reviewing Summer Policy Fellow applications in January and will accept applications until the positions are filled. (Note for Law School student applicants: We will accept applications from 1Ls beginning December 1st. For 2Ls and higher, we accept applications on a rolling basis.)

Washington, D.C.-based South Asia Law Fellows

South Asia Law Fellows will primarily support Accountability Counsel in collaboration with South Asia-based communities in filing complaints and our development of resource materials for communities and advocates. South Asia Law Fellows will work with AC’s South Asia Director and be responsibly for legal research assignments and fact memos. They also may participate in meetings with community members, international institutions, and NGO colleagues as opportunities arise.

Positions are unpaid, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. We accept applications from current law and graduate students and recent graduates (within one year of graduation). Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year.

Our Summer 2016 Washington, D.C.-based South Asia Law Fellow application can be found here. We will being reviewing South Asia Law Fellow applications beginning February 1st and will accept applications until the positions are filled

For more information, click here.

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) – Fall 2016 Legal Internship Opportunity; Racial Justice Program, New York (NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS) 

15_1For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

 The Racial Justice Program of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Fall of 2016. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit.  Arrangements can also be made with the students’ law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

Applicants should send a cover letter, describing their interest in racial justice issues and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume and two references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages in length, to hrjobsRJP@aclu.org reference [RJP Fall 2016 Legal Internship/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to Racial Justice Program postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. 

For more information, click here.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH – DISABILITY RIGHTS RESEARCHER/ADVOCATE

2000px-hrw_logo-svgThe Disability Rights Division (“DRD”) of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing research and advocacy strategies on the human rights of persons with disabilities.  Ideally, the position will be based in HRW’s New York office and will report to the Director of the Disability Rights Division.

Contact: Please apply immediately or by  February 22, 2016 by emailing, in a single submission, a letter of interest describing your experience, resume, contact details for three references, and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) to disability@hrw.org. Please use “Disability Rights Researcher/Advocate Application Ref: DRD-16-1002” as the subject of your email. 

For more information, click here

CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST (CSPI) – 2016 FOOD LAW & REGULATORY POLICY INTERNSHIP

WordPerfect CSPI with NAH color logoThe Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a non-profit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition and food safety.  CSPI publishes Nutrition Action Healthletter, the nation’s largest?circulation nutrition newsletter.  CSPI provides valuable, objective information to the public, represents citizens’ interests before governmental bodies, and serves as a watchdog over industry.  CSPI is supported by the subscribers to Nutrition Action, donors, and foundation grants.

CSPI’s food-regulation team, working with staff scientists, led efforts to win passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act and Food Allergen Consumer Protection Act; restrict the use of unsafe food additives; stop numerous deceptive ads and labels; and reduce amounts of sodium and trans fat in processed food.  The Food Law and Regulatory project leads CSPI’s efforts to use regulation, legislation, and other strategies to promote smarter government policies and better corporate practices to improve the public’s health. 

We’re searching for a bright, hardworking law student to work closely with the Director of Regulatory Affairs on food labeling and misbranding, food additives and government oversight of the food supply before federal agencies and in Congress. The work involves legislative analysis and regulatory filings as well as litigation over principles of administrative law and food law. Projects may involve research for policy analysis and development, op-ed pieces, reports, tracking regulation and legislation and assisting in ongoing policy advocacy. Applicants should have a strong background in public interest advocacy and must submit a non-technical writing sample (i.e., not a legal memo) as part of their application.

To apply, please email a cover letter indicating dates of availability, resume, and legal writing sample, to hr@cspinet.org.  Please include “PSJD-FL” in the email subject line.   

For more information, click here

City of Seattle releases “Race & Social Justice Community Survey”

New CAGJ Webinar: “Linking Food Justice to Trade Policy”

3815441846_4f038805b5_o_dWebinar: “Linking Food Justice to Trade Policy”
A 30 min. webinar (on you-tube) about how food justice and food sovereignty are threatened by new (so-called) free-trade agreements,  the TPP/Trans-Pacific Partnership, and TTIP/Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Background:

  • About Food Sovereignty & Fair Trade, What is Fair about Free Trade? What is Fast Track?
  • Corporate Influence on Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Impacts of NAFTA on Mexico, FTAs and the Domestic Economy, Currently proposed Trade Agreements

After Overpayment Of Benefits, VA Wanted $38,000 Back – Patricia Murphy

clayhull-2015-8edit_custom-afe9e1889c09769894f8e31e7c7abe20fabeafa0-s800-c85Clay Hull has a stubborn sense of justice.

After an improvised explosive device blast in Iraq ended his time in the military, he fought the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs over the amount of compensation they awarded him for his injuries.

“If I’m in the wrong, I’ll admit it. But I’m not going to let somebody just push me around, especially the VA,” he says.

It was complicated and drawn out, but Hull now gets the maximum the VA pays for disability.

The money pays for his mortgage, support for his young son and feed for the livestock on Hull’s 3 acres in south central Washington — 2 1/2 hours from Seattle.

He has a day job as a shipping clerk and then comes home to work on his place. He’s currently fixing a fence that runs along his property line.

Four years after he moved in, Hull went to prison on a weapons charge. Hull notified the VA he was in prison.

Continue reading here

Photo credit: Gordon King for NPR

AP: Feds imperiled many migrant kids during surge

4556659182_c4981bc62d_o_dLOS ANGELES — As tens of thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America crossed the border in search of safe harbor, overwhelmed U.S. officials weakened child protection policies, placing some young migrants in homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Without enough beds to house the record numbers of young arrivals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lowered its safety standards during border surges in the last three years to swiftly move children out of government shelters and into sponsors’ homes. The procedures were increasingly relaxed as the number of young migrants rose in response to spiraling gang and drug violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, according to emails, agency memos and operations manuals obtained by AP, some under the Freedom of Information Act.

First, the government stopped fingerprinting most adults seeking to claim the children. In April 2014, the agency stopped requiring original copies of birth certificates to prove most sponsors’ identities. The next month, it decided not to complete forms that request sponsors’ personal and identifying information before sending many of the children to sponsors’ homes. Then, it eliminated FBI criminal history checks for many sponsors.

Continue reading here.

Photo credit: https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3498/4556659182_c4981bc62d_o_d.jpg

It’s here! The Race and Social Justice Community Survey

official_seal_of_seattle The City of Seattle wants to hear from YOU! Seattle has launched its second Race and Social Justice Community Survey. The survey measures how people who live, work or go to school in Seattle think the City is doing on jobs, housing, meeting community needs and race and equity. The information collected will help guide the City’s racial equity work and determine areas for City government to prioritize through its policies and programs. The survey is anonymous and takes about 12 minutes to complete.

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RSJCommunitysurvey 

The survey runs for three weeks from January 13th through Friday, February 5th. To ensure representation from Seattle’s diverse communities and those without access to the internet, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights is conducting targeted outreach and partnering with community organizations. The survey is also available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Amharic, Somali, Oromo and Chinese. The links to translated surveys will be available starting the week of Jan 19th at http://www.seattle.gov/rsji/community/survey.

Survey results will be shared at a community meeting in the spring of 2015. 

To learn more visit www.seattle.gov/rsji or contact Brenda Anibarro at (206) 684-4514 or email Brenda.Anibarro@Seattle.gov

Attention Law Students! Interested in Networking with the WSBA Sections? Join the WYLC and WSBA Sections in Light Appetizers and Beverages!

January 12: Social Justice Tuesday – Public Service Summer Funding

SJT

Dates: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

Come and learn about all of the various funding sources for summer public service employment.

January 14: Equity & Difference: Keeping the Conversation Going – What’s the Difference with “Difference”?

Equity and Difference - Keeping the Conversation Going

Dates: January 14, January 21, February 4, February 10, February 23 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Kane Hall. RM 120, 4069 Spokane Ln., Seattle, WA 98105

A series that exposes and explains transgressions and struggles—both systematic and personal—experienced by too many in our communities today, featuring thought leaders who are working to open our eyes to the consequences of prejudice, and seeking solutions for change.

January 14th Speaker: Ralina L. Joseph, Director, CCDE, associate professor, department of communication, University of Washington

Today, we often employ the word “difference” as a catch-all word when we talk about race, gender, and sexuality. Difference replaces—or rather revises—‘diversity’, ‘multiculturalism’, or a long-connected string of descriptors such as race, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and ability. But what does this shift in language mean and why is it significant for the ways in which we assess, inhabit, and perhaps even change our world? How does the Black Lives Matter movement illustrate our need to turn to difference, just as All Lives Matter illustrates the impossibility of indifference today? Can difference, instead of diversity, provide campus activists with a means to fight microaggression and structural racism?  Join Ralina Joseph as we discuss why words matter and how identity descriptions change over time.

For more information, click here.

January 19: New Lawyer Education: Mediation Basics

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Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Time: 8:25 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: WSBA, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, and via live webcast

CLE Credits: Ethics: 0.50, General: 5.00

Cost: $275

Resolving matters before trial is viewed as best practice. Mediation in particular is becoming a necessary step in many legal processes. In Washington, Chapter 7.06 of the RCW mandates arbitration for certain civil cases. Superior court has mandatory arbitration rules as well. In this seminar, our esteemed faculty will walk you through the world of alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on mediation. They will cover the process of mediation, various mediation styles and models used in Washington, considerations one must take before mediating a case, drafting settlements, and the ethics of mediation. This course is designed from the lens of an attorney representing a client in a mediation proceeding. It is not geared toward those who want to become mediators – although that is discussed briefly in the first session.

For more information, click here.

January 21: Open Sections Night in Seattle

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Date: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: WSBA Conference Center, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, Washington

You’re invited to attend the Annual Winter Open Sections Night, sponsored by the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) and the WSBA Sections. This popular event provides an excellent opportunity to network with young lawyers and experienced lawyers who serve as WSBA section leaders. The WSBA Sections offer a wealth of experience and resources to help new and young lawyers find their footing in a new practice area.

At this event you will:

  • Learn about the WYLC and WSBA sections
  • Have an opportunity to join a section and enter to win a drawing prize
  • Mingle with new and experienced attorneys in a fun, informal atmosphere

Light appetizers and beverages (including beer & wine) will be provided. WSBA Member funds were not used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Register online here.

Interested in Volunteering for the UN? Join the Discussion with UW Law Alumna, Johanna Gusman!

December 3: A Conversation with Johanna Gusman on UN Volunteer Work

Johanna Gusman

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: TBA (Please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry)

Next Thursday Johanna Gusman, a UW Law School alumna and Gates Scholar, will visit us from Cairo via a Google hangout, to discuss how to work as a UN Volunteer (which is actually a quasi paid opportunity).  This is a great way for lawyers and others to get their “foot in the door” to work with the UN on longer term contracts.  We will connect with her online at 8:30 a.m. on 12/3 — Room TBA.  For those of you who are not in Seattle or who need to listen from home, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry as soon as possible, and she will transmit instructions for how to join us via Google.

For more information, please contact Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.

December 4: Rahul Gairola Presentation on Migrations in Absentia: Digital Advertising & Manipulation of Partition Trauma

Rahul Gairola

Date: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Seattle University, Hunthausen Hall 100

This paper contributes to existing and new scholarship in Partition and affect studies, on the one hand, and cultural and digital humanities studies, on the other, as the 70th anniversary of the geo- political division of South Asia approaches in 2017. I begin by proposing a rationale for two digital advertisements by Google and Coca Cola that attempt to capitalize on the trauma of Partition by celebrating both products as facilitating harmony between India and Pakistan. Indeed, these advertisements market “happiness” as the ultimate horizon of neoliberal experience for the subjects that they depict.

While I do not here want to undermine the nostalgic value or the raw emotions behind the subjects and sentiments portrayed, I would argue that it is crucial to question the ethical dilemmas of marketing products that utopically represent the Partition’s communal bloodshed. In particular, these advertisements promise what I call “migrations in absentia,” or the promise of movement across borders without moving from one’s geo-political space. I conclude that despite the hege-monic pull of both ads, a number of resistant representations counter their influence in the digital public sphere

Rahul Krishna Gairola is an Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Liter-ature at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. He is, with Amritjit Singh and Nalini Iyer, co-editor of a collection of essays titled Revisiting India’s Partition: Poli-tics, Memories, & Culture (Lexington Books/ Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). He is working on two additional book projects – Homelandings: Diasporic Genealogies of Belonging in Nation and Digital Homes: Electronic Agency in 21st Century South Asia. He is an Article Editor for Postcolonial Text, and Editor of salaam: the newslet-ter of the south asian literary association.

For more information, contact the English Department at 296-5420

December 10: RSJI Speaker Series Presents Kimberlé Crenshaw – Annual Human Rights Day Celebration – Black Lives Matter

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Please join us for a reception starting at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Kimberlé Crenshaw teaches Civil Rights and other courses in critical race studies and constitutional law. Her primary scholarly interests center around race and the law, and she was a founder and has been a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory. She was elected Professor of the Year by the 1991 and 1994 graduating classes. She now splits her time each year between UCLA and the Columbia School of Law.

At the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she received her LL.M., Professor Crenshaw was a William H. Hastie Fellow. She then clerked for Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

In 2007, Professor Crenshaw was awarded the Fulbright Chair for Latin America in Brazil. In 2008, she was nominated an Alphonse Fletcher Fellow. In the same year she joined the selective group of scholars awarded with an in-residence fellowship at the Center of Advanced Behavioral Studies at Stanford.

For more information, click here.

December 15: Conversations: Charlesworth and Chinkin Re-Examine the Boundaries of International Law

Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London, UK

In 2000 ‘The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis’ shone a spotlight on the status of women in human rights and international law. The authors, Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin, took a critical look at the development of international law, arguing that the absence of women had produced a narrow and inadequate jurisprudence that legitimated the unequal position of women rather than confronted it. They called for the boundaries of international law to be redrawn to create more equitable status of women in society.

15 years on, Charlesworth and Chinkin revisit their ground-breaking feminist analysis. What has been achieved, and what challenges remain?

To register, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Employment Opportunities in the Washington Courts, Immigration Law, and Public Defense

KIND Seeking Children’s Coordinating Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinating Atorney in Seattle

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters.

KIND seeks a Children’s Coordinating Attorney to provide representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in Seattle area.

Based in KIND’s Seattle field office, the Children’s Coordinating Attorney will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide appropriate legal orientation presentations to immigrant children at risk of deportation;
  • Complete detainee intakes following presentations;
  • Prepare and conduct pro se workshops and individual orientations to assist these children;
  • Undertake direct representation as permitted for children in their cases before the immigration court and/or review boards;
  • File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable;
  • Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters;
  • Participate in staff meetings and KIND-wide calls;
  • Assist in the supervision of law student interns and volunteers;
  • Assist with periodic trainings and presentations; and
  • Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies.

Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Interview and screen individual child clients, some in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and help them prepare for their immigration hearings;
  2. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;
  3. Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related state court matters;
  4. Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
  5. Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training;
  6. Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
  7. Participate in conferences, meetings and trainings as needed;
  8. Potentially provide direct representation to individual child clients in immigration or state court dependency proceedings; and
  9. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union – Capital Punishment Project Seeking Spring 2016 Legal Intern for ACLUF Capital Punishment Project

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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) of the ACLU’s National Office in Durham, N.C. seeks applicants for its Spring 2016 Legal Internship. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.

The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project’s litigation is conducted throughout the country, with a particular focus on the South.

For more information, click here.

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Seeking NDS Fellow for Fall 2016, Due 11/25

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem.

NDS Fellows assume the responsibilities of a Staff Attorney, representing clients on misdemeanor cases. This includes appearing in court at clients’ arraignments, regular court appearances, plea negotiations, hearings, and trials. NDS Fellows interview clients and their families in the office or the local jails, conduct legal research, write motions, and compose pre-pleading and pre-sentencing memoranda. NDS Fellows spearhead and coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, team administrators).

NDS Fellows participate in a rigorous and comprehensive training program over the course of the Fellowship. This training includes significant internal training and orientation at the commencement of the Fellowship period, as well as ongoing internal and external training opportunities over the life of the Fellowship. NDS places a high priority on continuing education for staff, and the Fellows are expected to participate in our training program.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Division Seeking 2016 Summer Honors Legal Intern, Due 11/27

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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division, is seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for its 2016 Summer Honors Legal Intern Program. Legal internship opportunities are available in our Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD offices.

The OGC-CMS Division recruits law students to work as interns each summer. Interns will have the opportunity to assist Division attorneys in all aspects of their work, including research, writing, and client meetings.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Public Counsel Seeking Summer Interns

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Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects and several subprojects that accept summer interns. Our projects include a sophisticated appellate law practice, a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions, a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs, an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution, a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness, and complex consumer fraud and impact litigation that addresses the injuries of individuals as well as systemic reform.

Public Counsel’s 2016 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 31, 2016, and ending on August 5, 2016. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications from 2L’s are currently being received and considered.  Applications from 1L’s will not be accepted until December 1, 2015. If you are a 1L, please wait until December 1 to transmit your application.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Working for the US Department of Justice This Summer? 

Wide Range of Practice Areas: As the nation’s largest legal employer, DOJ  offers opportunities for law students and attorneys in virtually every legal practice area. Explore the work of various DOJ organizations and find those that best match your interests and expertise.

Offices Nationwide: Several organizations have offices throughout the country, including the Antitrust Division, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Trustee Program, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are organized into districts and located in every state and territory.  More information about Justice field-office locations employing attorneys is available on the DOJ Offices by State Chart.

Law Student Opportunities: Learn everything you need to know about interning or externing at the DOJ. From the Volunteer Internship Program* to the paid SLIPS Program** there’s an opportunity out there for you!

*Please note that application deadlines for the volunteer internship program varies by office.
** The summer 2016 SLIPS deadline has passed. Summer 2017 applications will open in July 2016.

Court of Appeals, Division I of Seattle Seeking Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

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Staff Attorneys assist the court in resolving all types of motions and cases before the court and in handling court administrative matters as requested. Typical duties include reviewing briefs and trial court record, drafting prehearing memoranda, opinions, rulings, and orders. Knowledge and experience handling personal restraint petitions is highly desirable.

Graduation from an accredited law school AND a member in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association AND four years experience in public or private appellate practice, an appellate court, or judicially related system

For more information, click here.

Seattle University School of Law’s Center for Professional Development Hiring Associate Director

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Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Associate Director to join our community.

Reporting to the Director of the Center for Professional Development(CPD), this position will counsel law students and law school alumni/ae to identify their career interests and goals, as well as to develop skills and strategies for their job searches and professional development.

This position will focus on public interest and government opportunities including the Presidential Management Fellowship Program and the law school’s Summer in D.C. Program.

For more information, click here.

Attention Attorneys with 2+ Years Experience! Nez Perce Tribe Seeking Tribal Prosecutor

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Nez Perce Tribe seeks Tribal Prosecutor to:

  • Represent the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before Nez Perce Tribal Court, reviewing reports and charging cases, drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents.
  • Work closely with the Tribal Police Department, Conservation Enforcement, Social Services, Probation, Domestic Violence Programs, and other tribal agencies in filing and prosecuting their cases in Tribal Court.
  • Supervise an office assistant, deputy prosecutor, and Child Support Enforcement attorney.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle Seeking Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager, Position Open Until Filled

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The City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Manager will provide leadership and vision to ensure innovative, effective strategies to achieve racial equity in the City of Seattle.

The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective advocate for structural change, grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice; a creative thinker; and an effective collaborator, supervisor and project manager.

The RSJI Manager reports directly to the Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), which coordinates RSJI across Seattle city government. The RSJI Manager and the SOCR Director serve as the primary public faces of the Initiative, establishing and ensuring the integrity and impact of the Initiative within City government and the community. The RSJI Manager supervises 5-7 SOCR staff members who work directly on the Initiative.

For more information, click here.

What Does Health Care Look Like Beyond Our Borders? Join PhD Candidate Tanya Karwaki in a Talk on Medical Tourism!

November 20: City Council Meeting on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Committee

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Date: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Floor L2, Boards and Commissions Room, Seattle, WA 98124

The committee will handle issues concerning affordable housing, homelessness, child care, and disability services, local and regional public health, as well as policies relating to economic development and affordability, including the minimum wage.

November 21: UW EcoReps and Husky Neighborhood Partner for Neighborhood Street Sweep

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: 17th Ave NE Meridian

Husky Neighborhood is partnering with Eco Reps at UW for the first Neighborhood Street Sweep of this academic year!  Recruit a team with your neighbors and join us help sweep the streets and collect trash around the North of 45th neighborhood!

The event is Saturday 11/21 10:00 am-noon.

Support us as we help branch out to the community by creating a safer and cleaner neighborhood!  We will provide groups with maps and equipment at sign-in at the 17th Ave Median.

For more information, click here.

November 21: Microsoft Presents the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities 2015 Annual Conference

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, RM 208, 621 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Come join disability rights experts, policy makers, career counselors, and attorneys with disabilities as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! Featuring panels on topics such as bar exam & LSAT accommodations, employment and disability disclosure, disability barriers to the legal profession, mentorship & networking, and career opportunities in the private & public sectors. Breakfast and lunch provided!

For more information and registration, click here.

November 23: Global Mondays – “Health Care Beyond Our Borders:  Medical Tourism” by Tanya Karwaki, Ph.D. Candidate, UW Law

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Date: Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

Patients are part of increased globalization. If domestic health care services are less attractive then foreign services, patients with passports may be willing to cross international borders and travel long distances to their health care providers. Such patients choosing to travel internationally for health care services are often called medical tourists in the medico-legal literature.  While reliable data on the numbers of medical tourists are not yet available, medical tourism appears to be an emerging phenomenon.  In the United States, some self-funded employers are incentivizing their employees to participate in international medical tourism.

This presentation provides an overview of outbound medical tourism and domestic state legislation.  It also presents questions about the future of medical tourism and the potential public policy challenges.

For more information, click here.

November 24: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project Presents “Solidarity with Syrian Refugees”

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, Reception afterwards in RM 115

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December 1: Tech Policy Lab Distinguished Lecture: How Technology Impacts Humans

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Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Kane Hall, RM 110

Technology designers are new policy makers. No one elected them and most people do not know their names, but the arbitrary decisions they make when producing the latest gadgets and online innovations dictate the code by which we conduct our daily lives and govern our country. As technology progresses, every democratic value and every law comes up for grabs and will likely be redefined by what technology enables or not. Privacy and security were just the first wave. In this talk, let’s see how it all fits together or falls apart.

As a professor at Harvard University, Latanya Sweeney creates and uses technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and teaches others how to do the same. One focus area is the scientific study of technology’s impact on humankind, and she is the Editor-in-Chief of the newly formed journal Technology Science. She was formerly the Chief Technology Officer at the Federal Trade Commission, an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, with almost 100 academic publications, 3 patents, explicit citations in 2 government regulations, and founded 3 company spin-offs. She has received numerous professional and academic awards, and testified before federal and international government bodies.  Professor Sweeney earned her PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, being the first black woman to do so. Her undergraduate degree in computer science was completed at Harvard University.

For more information, click here.

A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Check Out the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair!

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy, professional and fun to work with? Are you UW work-study eligible? Looking for some part-time work while in school? If you answered yes then this might be the job for you!

Announcement

Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6
Hourly Rate: $15 per hour
Duration: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016. Immediate opening. .
Report to: Director, Center for Public Service Law
About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

 Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 700+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter every Monday to 700+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment 

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.

A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Equal Justice Works Virtual Conference and Career Fair Taking Place Friday, 10/30, Registration Open Through 10/27

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While our annual Conference and Career Fair has attracted employers and law students from across the country for twenty years, there are some who are unable to attend the in-person event due to time and/or financial constraints. We are excited to pilot the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair to connect more students and employers!

The virtual event will take place from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 30. Registration is free and open through October 27.

Employers are registering now and will continue to register and post positions over the next few weeks. Registered employers include: California Appellate Project, Death Penalty Litigation Clinic, and Public Advocates.

As this is a pilot event, it will have a smaller number of attendees than our in-person Career Fair. We hope to grow the virtual event in the future.

For more information, click here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Seeking Civil Rights Investigator, Due Tomorrow!

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Investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting equity filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) under Seattle ordinances, and state and federal statutes.

Under production requirements and with only general supervision, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination; plan case strategy; apply legal theories of discrimination; interview parties and witnesses; conduct fact-finding and resolution conferences; prepare witness statements and affidavits; collect and analyze documentary and other evidence; write findings of fact; negotiate predetermination settlements and conciliation agreements; perform training regarding discrimination laws and policies; maintain case files, and manage a case load.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Inner City Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney for Homelessness Prevention Project, Priority to Applications Received by 10/30

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Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a non-profit law firm serving the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles.

ICLC is currently searching for a full-time Staff Attorney in our Homelessness Prevention Project focusing on eviction defense litigation. Staff attorneys for the project defend low-income defendants in eviction cases as part of the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act pilot program. The pilot program is designed to ensure unrepresented parties in certain civil cases affecting housing have meaningful access to justice and to address substantial inequities that result when parties cannot afford the cost of retaining a lawyer.

For more information, click here.

Governor Inslee’s Office Seeks Policy Advisor on Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development, Due 10/31

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This position will focus on economic development issues relating to outdoor recreation which includes performing policy planning, analysis, development, and implementation consistent with the Governor’s priorities. The success of this position will be based on measurable results relating to economic development strategies for increasing the number of new jobs and economic activity related to outdoor recreation. A secondary measure will be increased participation by citizens and visitors in outdoor recreation as well as increases in outdoor recreation opportunities. This position is responsible for working with outdoor recreation related businesses, the recreation industry, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, tribes, legislators and constituents to better understand the political landscape and provide informed counsel to the Governor.

For more information, click here.

Partnership for Public Service Now Accepting Applications for Public Service Fellows Program, Paid Position, Due 10/31

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The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government. True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 11/1

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The Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeks an entry-level attorney with at least one year of experience for an opening in its Litigation Unit. Attorneys in this unit review claims for damages, advise the Risk Management Department, and defend the county in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts. Duties include conducting discovery, performing legal research, providing oral and written legal advice, drafting memoranda and legal pleadings, and representing Snohomish County and its officials in litigation. The Civil Division provides significant opportunities for growth, as attorneys will handle cases independently, as well as partner with senior attorneys on higher profile cases.

Applicants should have a strong interest in public sector law; excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills; and proficiencies in computer-aided research and word processing. The ability to work with other attorneys, support staff, elected officials, and county personnel is essential. Membership in the Washington State Bar Association is required upon hiring. In accordance with state law, deputy prosecuting attorneys must be United States citizens (and must pass a criminal background check).

The salary depends on qualifications. The position includes a generous benefits and leave package. Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer. 

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references to: Jason Cummings, Chief Civil Deputy, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201 or by email at jcummings@co.snohomish.wa.us. The deadline for submittals is November 1, 2015.

Attention Post Grads with 3+ Years Experience! City of Bellevue Seeking Assistant City Attorney, Due 11/3

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The Senior Attorney (Civil Division) in the City Attorney’s Office provides consultation, advice and representation for assigned City departments and may occasionally represent the City in civil litigation. The best candidate for this position must have significant experience in at least one or more areas of law applicable to the City’s operation, such as: municipal, finance, land use, transportation, utilities, employment, telecommunications and administrative law.  An emphasis in employment law and/or land use is highly desirable. Civil litigation experience is helpful.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Western Environmental Law Center Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 11/6

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The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is accepting applications from law students currently in their second or third year of law school (2L or 3L) for summer 2016 legal internship positions to work with our attorneys in these locations: Helena, Montana, Taos, New Mexico, and Seattle, Washington. We are looking for bright and motivated individuals committed to public interest environmental law.

Under the supervision of a staff attorney in the office location in which they are hired, the selected interns will assist our attorneys with case development and strategy, conduct legal research, and draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents. The internships are unfunded positions. We will provide assistance to the selected applicants in seeking outside funding or law school credit, and in finding free or inexpensive housing. We offer a flexible summer work schedule to allow for outdoor recreation and travel.

For more information, click here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Spanish Bilingual Immigrant Youth Attorney, Full Consideration to Applicants Who Apply by 11/8

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide community outreach, education and direct representation to individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to provide other services to immigrant youth and their families.

The staff attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the region in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations and representation to persons who may be eligible for the DACA program. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) individual consultations; (2) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (3) direct representation in priority cases. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters. This position will be based at NWIRP’s Seattle office. The attorney must have a car and driver’s license, and must be willing to travel around the State in order to conduct community education and workshops. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 11/13

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting its next class of Fellows.  We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country and match them with top immigration non-profits in New York City and surrounding counties.  Justice Corps fellows serve the newcomers who most need legal help, and collectively they expand the quality and quantity of legal representation for under-served immigrants.  We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.

Justice Fellows will be placed in leading non-profit legal services organizations, which will be selected as hosts on a competitive basis.  Fellows, once chosen, will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work.  The goal of the program is to send the best new lawyers to where the need is greatest, and IJC will make final placement decisions.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! The Arc of the United States Seeks Criminal Justice Fellow, Due 11/15

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This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, entrepreneurial and self-motivated person to work for The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability™ (NCCJD) as a Criminal Justice Fellow.

NCCJD is seeking a recent law school graduate to serve as a Criminal Justice Fellow with NCCJD for two years and work closely with the Program Manager for Justice Initiatives to take  NCCJD to the next level.  The objective is to continue NCCJD core programs and services, while developing a vision, resources and a plan to expand the programs and services, as well as advocating for needed system reforms and providing individual advocacy support for individuals with I/DD who are navigating the criminal justice system and their families.

The Fellow should have a passion for supporting the rights of victims, suspects/defendants/offenders, and witnesses with I/DD.  S/he will play a critical role in advancing the goals of NCCJD, working collaboratively with talented professionals in The Arc’s national headquarters with expertise in I/DD, criminal justice, public policy, communications and marketing.

For more information, click here.

Are You Looking for a Career in Public Service? Register Now for the NW Public Service Career Fair!

Northwest Public Service Career Fair Registration Now Open

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Seattle
Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Location: LeRoux in the Student Center at Seattle University

Portland
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM Student/Employer Check-In
Location: Templeton Center at Lewis & Clark College

For twenty-six years, the NW Public Service Career Fairs have linked law students and alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits and government offices and more than 500 students and alumni from our 11 NW Consortium schools participating in the fairs.

To register, click here.

AG Shines a Light with Updated Open Governmental Manual

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OLYMPIA — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that his office has updated its online Open Government Resource Manual summarizing Washington’s sunshine laws.

The 2015 publication modernizes the prior manual to reflect the past several years’ developments in the state’s Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, and court decisions interpreting those laws. The manual was last revised in 2007.

“I am committed to enhancing transparency in government,” Ferguson said. “Open government is vital to a free and informed society, and this updated guide will help both public officials and the people they serve understand our state’s public disclosure laws.”

The manual includes summaries of and links to relevant statutes, court decisions, formal Attorney General Opinions, and Public Records Act Model Rules.

To access the manual, click here.

Attended the October 17th Pro Bono Core Competencies Training? We Want Your Feedback!

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Thank you for attending this year’s training. Our goal is to offer UW law students the opportunity to access some of the basic and fundamental tools and skills associated with providing direct law-related pro bono assistance to underserved and marginalized communities. We welcome you honest feedback and your participation in helping us plan next year’s training.

Please complete this very brief survey here.

For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time

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By Campbell Robertson | The New York Times | Photo credit Dave Martin/Associated Press

MARION, Ala. — Judge Marvin Wiggins’s courtroom was packed on a September morning. The docket listed hundreds of offenders who owed fines or fees for a wide variety of crimes — hunting after dark, assault, drug possession and passing bad checks among them.

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,” began Judge Wiggins, a circuit judge here in rural Alabama since 1999. “For your consideration, there’s a blood drive outside,” he continued, according to a recording of the hearing. “If you don’t have any money, go out there and give blood and bring in a receipt indicating you gave blood.”

For those who had no money or did not want to give blood, the judge concluded: “The sheriff has enough handcuffs.”

Continue reading here.

Need to Support Your Law School Education? Part-Time Paid Legal Assistant Position Now Open

Seattle Metro Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance Seeking Director for 100% Talent, Position Open Until Filled

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The Seattle Metro Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance have joined forces to launch 100% Talent, a voluntary, employer-led gender equity initiative designed to create a more inclusive economy and vibrant King County for all. We’re now hiring a director who will be primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and managing this five-year initiative.

The position reports to the Senior Vice President of Programs and Partnerships and is primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the Chamber’s 100% Talent Initiative. This five-year initiative, a joint project of the Chamber and Women’s Funding Alliance, is a voluntary, employer-led gender equity initiative designed to create a more inclusive economy and vibrant King County for all.

For more information, click here.

Health Care Authority’s Office of Legal Affairs Seeking PEB Hearings & Policy Coordinator, Position Open Until Filled

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The Health Care Authority’s Office of Legal Affairs is seeking an applicant to fill a hearings and policy coordinator position on a team that supports the Public Employees Benefits Division. Your rewarding work will include impacting the medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance benefits for many public employees, retirees, and their dependents throughout the state.

The PEB Hearing Representative represents HCA in complex cases at quasi-judicial administrative hearings before an HCA Presiding Officer or Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) in a wide variety of case types ranging from public employee appeals of health benefit plans, self-insurance plans, COBRA, ERISA, and self-insurance health plans.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Legal Intern for Refugee Representation, Position Open Until Filled

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Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation team welcomes law students to apply for its Fall 2015 legal internship in its Washington, D.C. office. This internship will provide qualified applicants with in-depth knowledge of the U.S. asylum system, as well as practical experience in interviewing, case preparation, and direct client service skills. Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest and commitment to legal representation of asylum seekers, and wish to work directly with asylum seeking clients. Those selected for the internship will preferably be fluent in a relevant second language, but this is not a requirement for the position. This internship is unpaid and is part-time (minimum commitment of 2 days per week).

For more information, click here.

Law Office of Tim Leary, Criminal Defense Attorney Seeking Part-Time Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Position Open Until Filled

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This is a part-time position with flexible hours in a small, fast-paced, criminal defense law office.  The ideal candidate will have an exceptional telephone presence, strong organizational and computer skills, the ability to multi-task, and some writing experience in a professional environment.  The successful applicant will serve as the initial and primary point of contact for existing and potential clients as well as the lead in communications with court staff and other attorneys, so a mix of professionalism and empathy are a must.  We are looking for someone with a positive outlook, initiative and a desire to partner with the attorney.

Customer service and/or office experience is required.  A paralegal certificate would be nice, but don’t worry – we’ll train the right candidate.  To apply, please provide a resume with an e-mail denoting your interest to office@learydefense.com.

Compensation: DOE & Competitive
Medical Benefits
Monthly paid vacation and/or sick leave
Potential Bonuses depending on performance

City of Seattle Seeking Deputy Director of SPD Office of Professional Accountability, Position Open Until Filled 

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The City of Seattle is recruiting a Deputy Director for the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA). OPA, for employment purposes is considered within the Police Department, but is an independent office. This position reports to the OPA Director who reports directly to the Mayor. In the absence of the OPA Director, the Deputy will represent OPA. The Deputy will help manage the overall mission of the OPA and therefore is essential to its success. The Deputy will play a key role in the operational effectiveness of OPA, with responsibility for helping to meet OPA’s timeliness and transparency goals, including data input and collection, analysis of trends and timelines, compilation of information for public reports, social media presence, public presentation materials and responsiveness to participants. The Deputy will have primary responsibility for implementation of new programs. In collaboration with the OPA Director, the Deputy will play a highly visible and integral role in expanding the OPA community outreach programs and in the research, development and implementation of best practices in police accountability. The OPA Deputy will review case files in collaboration with the Director and serve as Civilian Acting Director as necessary.

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Seattle Community Law Center Seeking Volunteer Student Advocate, Position Open Until Filled

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SCLC’s mission is to provided accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability.

The position will provide opportunity to engage with clients of diverse backgrounds through the intake process and varying levels of involvement in direct representation of clients under the supervision of a staff attorney. Staff and setting provide a fantastic place to further your education while impacting the community. Interns may engage in client interviews and counseling, problem solving, legal and factual research, discovery, and written and oral client centered advocacy.

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) of Seattle Seeking Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs, Position Open Until Filled

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

KIND seeks a Supervising Attorney for Pro Bono Programs to manage and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners in Seattle.

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Immigration Center for Women and Children Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 8/31

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The Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC) seeks a full-time staff attorney in our Oakland office. ICWC is a non-profit legal organization providing affordable immigration services to underrepresented women and children in California.

The attorney will work with other attorneys and legal assistants. The attorney will be responsible for providing direct immigration legal services, outreach and education to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.

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Homebase Center for Common Concerns Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 8/31

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HomeBase, a non-profit public policy law firm focused on homelessness, seeks a full-time attorney to join our San Francisco-based team. HomeBase seeks an experienced individual who will work closely on site with staff in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally to support efforts to prevent and address homelessness.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting implementation of federal, state, and local programs to address homelessness, housing, and poverty.
  • Identifying the local gaps and assessing the needs of the homeless response system, and providing tailored content and processes to build the capacity of community-based organizations.
  • Guiding implementation of data-driven systems to measure performance, evaluate outcomes, identify cross-system usage trends, and develop policy solutions to address homelessness.
  • Training key stakeholders about best practices, program models, and regulations to educate and inform community-based decision-making processes.
  • Facilitating community-based strategic planning processes and engaging key stakeholders in efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Creating tools for local and national audiences, including curricula, manuals, user guides, and other training and resource materials.

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Joseph & Kirschenbaum LLP Seeking Junior Associate at Employment Litigation Firm, Due 8/31

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We have an immediate opening for a highly qualified junior associate to join our plaintiffs’ employment practice.  The associate will be responsible for managing individual plaintiff’s cases and will participate in local and national worker’s rights class actions. Between working together with our attorneys, managing cases with federal and state agencies and collaborating with top plaintiffs’ employment firms around the country, the associate will gain experience in the full scope of employment law.

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