Looking to Fund Your Summer Internship in Civil Legal Aid? Check Out Funding Opportunities with the Curtin Justice Fund

Will You be Working with Low-Income Communities this Summer Providing Civil Legal Aid Assistance? Looking for Some Summer Funding?

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PILA is not the only game in town! The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for summer 2016. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible, and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for Summer 2016 is Monday, March 28, 2016.

For more information and the application package, click here. 

Updated Inter-American Commission Report Reviews Gender Equality, Women’s Rights Standards

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By: International Justice Resource Center

Containing references to relevant IACHR’s merits decisions and thematic and country reports, judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR), and provisions of regional instruments such as the American Convention on Human Rights, American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and Convention of Belém do Pará, the report is a comprehensive examination of the standards of the Inter-American human rights system. SeeIACHR, Legal Standards: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights(2015), para. 10.

The Commission welcomed reforms concerning gender equality and women’s rights in Member States and called on them to continue their efforts to improve the situation. However, it also stressed that in spite of these efforts, there are still numerous human rights problems women experience in the Americas, including various forms of violence against women, and discrimination across a wide range of rights and spheres. See id. at paras. 2-15.

Continue reading here.

Department of Justice Issues New Guidance on Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement

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By: American Civil Liberties Union

The guidance was announced today, Dec. 15, 2015, by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and was a joint effort by the following offices in the Department of Justice: the Office on Violence Against Women, the Civil Rights Division, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Purpose of the Guidance: In partnership with law enforcement leaders and advocates for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, DOJ issued the guidance to explain how gender bias can undermine police response to sexual assault and domestic violence and provide a set of principles that, when integrated into police policies, trainings, and practices, will help ensure that police efforts to keep victims safe and perpetrators accountable are not undermined by gender bias.

Today, DOJ issued ground-breaking guidance to law enforcement, aimed at combating gender discrimination in how police address domestic violence and sexual assault. The guidance explains how gender-biased policing is a significant civil rights issue. By issuing the guidance, DOJ is broadening the discussion about policing practices to include a focus on how women and LGBT individuals, particularly survivors of domestic and sexual violence, can be impacted by discriminatory policing.

For the DOJ press release, click here.

For the Guidance, click here.

Planning to Have a Career in Public Service? Don’t Forget to Apply for LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor to Examine Alleged British Crimes in Iraq War

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By: Mirjam Donath, Reuters

The International Criminal Court re-opened on Tuesday a preliminary examination of allegations of “systematic detainee abuse” by British troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2008 after receiving new information.

The Hague-based court had previously concluded an examination of similar accusations in 2006, but it did not launch a full investigation because the information did not meet the “required gravity threshold.”
“I received earlier this year substantial information, much more than what we had in 2006, on alleged crimes that were committed by the UK forces,” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told reporters at the United Nations after she had briefed the U.N. Security Council on the court’s cases in Libya.

In January, a Berlin-based human rights group and a British law firm submitted what they describe as 250 pages of analysis to Bensouda’s office. They said more than 400 Iraqi former detainees had made allegations of grave mistreatment, of which 85 had been chosen as “representative cases.

Bensouda’s office said in a statement earlier on Tuesday: “The communication alleges a higher number of cases of ill-treatment of detainees and provides further details on the factual circumstances and the geographical and temporal scope of the alleged crimes.”

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Sexual Violence Soars in South Sudan

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By: IRIN

JUBA, 13 May 2014 (IRIN) – Sexual and gender-based violence might not be a new phenomenon in South Sudan, but the current crisis and the near absence of protection for civilians has exacerbated it, analysts say.

“We do know that it [sexual and gender-based violence] is a major issue. Even though many victims of sexual violence do not report their ordeal because of the stigma that it carries, wherever we went we met women and girls who told us that they had been raped by either government or opposition forces,” Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International, told IRIN.

On 8 May, Amnesty International released a report in which it documented atrocities committed against civilians, including rape and sexual violence, by the two warring parties in South Sudan’s five-month old conflict.

“The current militarized environment, where armed men are ubiquitous and civilian law enforcement is virtually absent, places women and girls at a heightened risk of sexual violence. Persistent reports of sexual violence perpetrated by both government and opposition forces strongly indicate that conflict-related sexual violence is widespread,” Amnesty International said in its report.

“We received testimonies from women and girls victims of sexual violence from all the main conflict-affected areas: Juba and areas in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states,” Amnesty International’s Rovera, told IRIN.

In its report, also released on 8 May, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) noted that the “conflict has exacerbated the vulnerability of women and children in South Sudan to sexual violence.”

In the report, UNMISS said: “All parties to the conflict have committed acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women of different ethnic groups. Credible information suggests that sexual violence took place in connection with the occurrence of human rights and humanitarian law violations before, during, and after heavy fighting, shelling, looting, and house searches.”

Continued reading here.  Photo courtesy of Hannah McNeish/IRIN.

Are you a member of the LGBTQ Community or an Ally?  Apply for the QLaw Foundation Fall Grant Program and Receive up to $5,000!

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Do you have a full-time fall internship that focuses on promoting the rights of LGBT persons or persons living with HIV/AIDS?

Will you be working with a non-profit organization or government agency?

If so, you may be eligible for up to a $5000 grant to fund full-time work (at least 400 hours over the duration of the quarter/semester). The goal of the QLaw Foundation grant program is to ensure that unmet legal needs in the LGBT community are recognized and prioritized, and that the next generation of legal advocates for LGBT rights develop the skills necessary for careers in public interest law.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to advancing LGBT rights and/or the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS and be a Washington State law student, a student working on projects within Washington State, or a student who has a demonstrated interest in working in Washington State after law school.

All students working on behalf of LGBT rights or persons living with HIV/AIDS—including allies who do not personally identify as LGBT—are encouraged to apply.

For more information on applicant and sponsor eligibility criteria, selection criteria, and the application process timeline, please visit the QLaw Foundation website and view the 2014 Fall Grant Application. You may also email the Grant Coordinator, Gabe Verdugo.

Equal Justice Works’ Veterans Legal Corps Postgraduate Fellowship Positions to be Announced Soon

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In addition to the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps positions, we will be announcing, on a rolling basis, several possible new positions for the 2014 Veterans Legal Corps for recent graduates.

Please check our website from June to August as all positions are posted, and please share with your recent alumni.

Completed applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014. Final selection of grant recipient(s) will take place by June 30, 2014.

Check Out These Fellowships, Immigration Work, and Other Housing-Related Positions

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Nome Superior Court in Alaska Court System Seeking Law Clerk I, Due TODAY

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The Alaska Court System is accepting applications for a Law Clerk to serve a Superior Court Judge in Nome, Alaska. The position will be available August or September 2014 and last one year. The successful applicant will perform research relating to motions before the court; summarize case files; and prepare memoranda and recommendations. The position may also organize files, review case files for procedural sufficiency, review orders and judgments prepared for signature, and assist in the preparation of jury instructions and other duties. After training, the law clerk will act as the Deputy Magistrate during arraignment hearings one weekend per month.

Benefits: The ACS provides health insurance for the employee and eligible dependents, 11 paid holidays, personal leave accrual, Supplemental Benefits System (SBS), and the opportunity to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan. Travel and moving expenses may be eligible for reimbursement according to the policies of the ACS.

For more information and application details, click here.  Click on “Information for Prospective Law Clerks” for complete details.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seeking Summer Intern in Immigration Section in Washington D.C., Due 3/9

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The purpose of this internship for Summer 2014 is to assist the Immigration Section in the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). CRCL’s Immigration Section works to ensure that civil rights and civil liberties protections are incorporated into the Department’s immigration-related policies, programs, and activities and supports the CRCL Officer in her role as the designated Department point of contact for international human rights treaty reporting and coordination under Executive Order 13107.

This internship is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) in Washington, D.C.  The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department’s mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention Class of 2016!  Goodwin Public Interest Fellowship for Law Students of Color, Due 3/14

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For the past eight years, Goodwin has invested in a diverse legal community by offering fellowships to high-achieving law students of color.  Our fellowship program offers awards of $7,500 to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school.  This program allows us to connect with a wide array of talented students early in their legal careers who are committed to giving back to their communities.

In addition to the monetary fellowship award, selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin Procter office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school.  Fellows will also be invited to participate in some of our summer associate program events during their summer at the public interest organization.

Click here for additional information on the Fellowships and application details.

Attention Recent and Post Grads!  U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration Seeking Full Time Attorney, Due 3/14

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The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Protection Officer and the overall supervision of the Representative. After undergoing necessary briefing on the job, the incumbent and the supervisor will agree on a number of objectives to be met as well as core, functional and managerial competencies s/he should demonstrate during the assignment. The supervisor will provide the necessary coaching required by the incumbent throughout the assignment.

Please note that PRM-sponsored JPO positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.  Application deadline is March 14, 2014.  Photo courtesy of UNHCR.

For more details and application information, click here.

Attention Post-Grads! Victim Rights Law Center Seeking Two Full Time Staff Attorneys in Oregon, Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis

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The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a nonprofit law center that provides free legal services to victims of sexual assault in Oregon and in Massachusetts, as well as legal technical assistance nationally, seeks a full-time, Oregon-licensed attorney to join our team and coordinate the VRLC’s transitional housing partnership. The attorney will provide training as well as legal assistance to sexual violence survivors who are homeless, with a special focus on survivors who are older, Latina or have disabilities. Services to be provided include legal screening and limited legal representation, sexual assault and legal trainings (for both homeless advocates as well as survivors experiencing homelessness) on how to use existing civil laws to meet sexual assault survivors’ needs. The attorney will also help the VRLC’s technical assistance team support lawyers, advocates and other victim service providers in their efforts to use existing civil laws to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors. This position is grant funded. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, including some litigation practice, as well as experience working with sexual assault survivors and with vulnerable populations. Spanish language fluency is preferred, but not required.

Privacy Project Staff Attorney Position

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) seeks a full-time attorney, with excellent writing, product development and organizational and communication skills, as well as a strong work ethic, a good sense of humor, and a commitment to serving vulnerable populations. Based in our Portland, Oregon, office, the successful candidate will help implement VRLC’s new Privacy Rights Project by conducting legal research, developing resources, creating curriculum, and delivering state and national trainings on the privacy rights of victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years legal experience, expertise serving sexual assault survivors and/or addressing victims’ privacy rights, and experience creating and delivering engaging, effective, in-person and web-based trainings.

For application information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Andrade Legal Seeking Summer Law Clerk To Assist With Its Immigration Docket in Idaho, Due 4/1

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Andrade legal seeks law student for a summer internship to assist with its immigration docket.  Student will join team of lawyers and staff handling the firms removal defense, family immigration and detention docket.  Law student will also assist firm prepare educational materials to be used in trainings with criminal defense attorneys, courts and the community at large.  Tasks may include drafting legal memorandum, legal research, gathering and summarizing evidence in support of hardship waivers and visa applications and assisting attorneys launch a program to educate incarcerated individuals about deportation proceedings.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP Seeking Full Time Attorney in Boston

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ZALKIND DUNCAN & BERNSTEIN LLP, a premier Boston criminal defense and civil litigation firm, seeks an associate to start in fall 2014.  This progressive 10-lawyer law firm has an exceptionally interesting and dynamic federal and state court practice, at both the trial and appellate levels.  Recent criminal cases include first degree murder, white collar, federal drug, sex offender registry and street crime cases.  Our civil practice consists of employment discrimination, civil rights, academic discipline, First Amendment litigation, GLBT legal issues, complex domestic relations, and serious personal injury litigation. Excellent benefits.  More information about our firm can be found on our website: http://www.zalkindlaw.com.

For more information on the position and application details, click here.

Interested in Practicing in California? The Eviction Defense Collaborative Seeks Entry-Level Staff Attorney in their San Francisco Office

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The Eviction Defense Collaborative seeks an enthusiastic individual to join our team in fighting for tenant rights and saving homes. As a staff attorney you will work with a team of attorneys, interns and volunteers in assisting primarily in pro. per. tenants fight their eviction lawsuits.

The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) provides legal assistance and advocacy to low-income and indigent tenants in San Francisco who are being evicted. We assist by educating tenants about the legal process, advising them of their options, drafting responsive legal documents, providing referrals to assist them in fighting their evictions and negotiating legal settlements. The EDC also administers one-time rental assistance grants and loans to help tenants who are behind in their rent to pay the rent and stay in their homes. The work at the EDC is made possible by a small staff and many volunteers from local schools and the community. The work environment at the EDC is collegial, rather than having a rigid hierarchy of job positions, and we work as a team to assist the tenants who seek our help.

For more information and application details, click here.

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U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Seeking Summer Intern in Washington D.C., Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

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Professional Staff Group (PSG) VII, the Office of the General Counsel’s Appellate Litigation Division, represents the Secretary before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). It is the newest and largest group in OGC. With more than 120 persons, the staff includes approximately 70 appellate attorneys and a support staff of paralegals, legal assistants, and copy clerks. A 14-member management team completes the PSG VII staff.

Interns will initially be provided instruction in veterans law, as well as the VA adjudication system. The student will then be assigned a limited case load and will perform research and writing tasks associated with the needs of individual cases depending on their procedural posture. It is expected that at the completion of the
externship, the student will have prepared a pre-Briefing Conference memo, participated in a Briefing Conference, drafted procedural motions, and drafted and filed an Appellate brief with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Additionally, the student will be expected to attend and participate in moot
courts in preparation for oral argument before the CAVC.

For more information and application details, click here.

Community Organizing Against Gender Violence, Racial Justice Advocacy in Civil Legal Aid, Statewide Diversity Conference and Much More

October 15: Social Justice Tuesday- Mobilizing our Communities Against Gender Violence

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Sabrina Chen and Katrina Pestano from API Chaya will discuss their work with survivors of sexual and domestic violence from Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.

API Chaya organizes communities by educating, training, and offering technical assistance. It also provides comprehensive culturally relevant services on domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander community members, service providers, survivors, and their families. API Chaya is one of the few organizations in the country that serves Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander community members, survivors, and their families. They also assist mainstream service providers who serve API refugees and immigrants.

When? Tuesday, October 15, 12:30-1:20pm

Where? Room 133

If you’d like lunch please RSVP by Monday, October 14 at 12 noon to spangler@uw.edu.

October 17: Are We Full of Contradictions? Legal Aid Programs and Racial Justice Advocacy 

racial-justice-slideshowShould antipoverty advocates focus on racial justice advocacy? How do racial justice and antipoverty advocacy intersect, and what barriers impede legal aid participation in that work? Days after Clearinghouse Review‘s 2013 special issue on pursuing racial justice comes out, we are holding a webinar on these and other questions. Informed by the results of a recent NLADA survey, our panelists will dig into these questions and offer a range of perspectives on the importance of racial justice to antipoverty advocacy. The webinar is set for October 17, 2013, from noon to 1:00 p.m. CST. Speakers will include Carol Ashley, vice president of advocacy, Shriver Center; Camille Holmes, director, Leadership and Racial Equity, NLADA; and William Kennedy, managing attorney, Legal Services of Northern California. Learn more and register.

October 18: Statewide Diversity Conference, “Moving Forward Together”-Free for Law Students

WAMPACInspired by the ABA Conference for the minority lawyer, WAMBAC’s Statewide Diversity Conference is an opportunity for legal professionals to convene, learn about and discuss ideas, trends, and issues impacting and affecting diversity in the legal profession. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers such as Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones, and many others, who will provide CLE seminars on a variety of topics. The Minority Bar Associations Collaboration Project presents this years conference at Seattle University School of Law, 10/18 from 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Estimated 6 CLE credits, with breakfast and lunch provided for $50. A reception will follow.  Attorney please register here. Free for law students and no need to pre-registration requirement! 

If you have questions, please contact diversity@wsba.org or call toll free 1-800-945-WSBA.

October 18: PILA’s Brewfest is Here!

PILAWhat: PILA’s Annual Brewfest! All proceeds help fund Social Justice Tuesdays and the Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Price of admission includes a PILA Pint Glass, beer from Fremont Brewing Company, and snacks.

TICKETS: $15 per person/$5 designated driver rate
When: October 18 at 7 PM
Where: Vista Cafe, William H. Foege Building (Boat Street and 15th Ave NE)

Tickets go on sale Monday, October 14. Look for the Brewfest table during lunch. Please bring cash or check. Questions? E-mail Michael Caulfield (mcaulfi@uw.edu). See you there!

October 18: UW Symposium in Environmental Ethics- Climate Justiceenvironmental ethics

On October 18th, the Program on Values in Society is sponsoring the inaugural Ben Rabinowitz Symposium in Environmental Ethics, organized under Steve Gardiner’s Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professorship in the Human Dimensions of the Environment.  The topic is Climate Justice.
The Symposium will culminate in a public lecture by David Schlosberg (University of Sydney), entitled Climate-Challenged Society”, from 3:30-5.30 in Savery Hall 264.
During the day, there will also be a workshop on climate justice, concentrating on the dispute between philosophers and some legal scholars about the role of ethics in climate policy.  The symposium features philosophers from the region – Avram Hiller, Marion Hournequin, Jay Oderbaugh and Allen Thompson – as well as David Schlosberg, and Steve Gardiner.  The workshop will begin at 9:15 am in Savery 408 and will continue until 2:30. The workshop is open to members of the campus community, but space is limited, so preregistration is required.  If you would like to register, please click here
The colloquium talk requires no registration. If you have any questions, please contact Dustyn Addington at DustynA@uw.edu