Join journalist Düzen Tekkal to discuss ISIS, genocide, and her new film

Jan. 25: Shriver Center’s Fighting Poverty and Advancing Racial Justice in a New Political Landscape

Shriver CenterTime: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. PST
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Place: Online

Given the signals from the incoming administration, what should be the focus of an antipoverty and racial justice agenda now? Eight years ago, as the Obama administration was taking shape, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law published a 12-point poverty-fighting agenda. Now, as President Obama is set to leave the White House as Donald Trump takes the oath of office on January 20, the Shriver Center has revisited that agenda. Read more and register here.

Jan. 30: Screening of “Hawar — My Journey to Genocide”

screenshot-48Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Date: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
Place: Kane Hall 120, University of Washington

In August 2014, ISIS swarmed over the Iraqi Sinjar region giving the Yazidis the choice to convert or die – leaving 5,000 dead, half a million displaced and more than 3,000 girls and women forced into sexual enslavement. “Hawar” is the story of Düzen Tekkal’s journey back to her Yazidi homeland and her arrival to an ISIS bloodbath. She is an award-winning German journalist and human rights activist of Kurdish-Yazidi origin.

Please join for a film screening and discussion with the renowned filmmaker. Read more here.

Feb. 24: RSVP to the PILA Benefit Auction 

PILA LogoTime: 5:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.
Place: Husky Union Building, University of Washington

The Public Interest Law Association invites you to the 22nd Annual PILA Benefit Auction. This year’s theme is Masquerade Ball—formal attired encouraged.

Save the Date: Washington State Access to Justice Conference

racing-to-justiceTime: All day
Date: Friday, June 2 to June 4, 2017
Place: Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, WA

The Access to Justice (ATJ) Conference is a bi-annual event, being held this year in Yakima on June 2-4. This year, we will feature more opportunities for big picture discussions across disciplines, while also providing space for networking and resource development.  No Conference would be complete without social activities and to that end we will enjoy a reception on Friday evening and libations at a local winery on Saturday evening.

Regardless of where you are in your legal career, and given the shifting sands upon which we all appear to be standing, attendance at this year’s ATJ Conference is more vital than ever. Indeed the Conference’s theme, “Racing to Justice: Community Lawyering to Bend the Arc,” affirms that this is not a time for despair, but for bold life-affirming action that will bring everyone to a place of equity and fairness. We look forward to your attendance at the Conference as together we build a movement where justice for all becomes a reality. Read more and register here.

Share your story of resilience at the UW Law Library

Restorative Justice Circle Facilitator training coming up

insight-prison-projectThe Restorative Justice Circle process is based on the curriculum and many years of experience of the Insight Prison Project (IPP).

This initial training will include: An overview of restorative justice and IPP philosophy; an introduction, explanation and demonstration of IPP facilitation techniques; an overview of the Restorative Justice Circle curriculum; opportunities to complete and process exercises in a group setting, as well as to facilitate a simulated Restorative Justice Circle group with an IPP Lead Facilitator; discussion with a survivor of severe and violent crime who will share their story and provide insight into working with survivors to support healing and transformation; participation at a half-day salon and training at Monroe Correctional Complex; specific training on facilitator and volunteer roles in prison-based settings. Read more here and apply here.

LSAC opens writing competition on pipeline programs

LSACWriting competition subject: Why pipeline programs targting students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are essential to the future of the legal profession. Learn more here.

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC-member law schools; maintaining databases and websites such as DiscoverLaw.org with information, resources, and programs that encourage students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Public Service Law Program guide to a great interview

UW Law LogoNot quite sure how to prepare for your upcoming interview? Or just need a few quick reminders? Check out the interview guide here. Written by Aline Carton-ListfjeldDirector, Gates Public Service Law Program University of Washington School of Law. 

UW Stories of Resilience at the UW Law Gallagher Law Library: Share your story!

resilienceThe Failure Walls have traveled around campus collecting stories from our community.  The cathartic nature of sharing our short comings about career and academic failures – sometimes funny and sometimes tragic – have helped all of us who stop to read them feel a little less alone in our stumbles.  On behalf of the UW Resilience Lab and the UW School of Law Student and Career Services and Gates Public Service Law Program, UW Law Faculty, Staff and students are welcome and encouraged to come by and share your stories on the walls with the dry-erase markers provided for you.

You can post anonymously. The Failure Walls will be in the Gallagher Law  Library through Friday, January 20.  More information about the UW Resilience Lab and Failure Walls can be found here.

Paid summer internships in justice technology and housing for rising 2Ls and 3Ls!

Due Jan. 30: Paid, William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship

omelvenyApplication Deadline: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

O’Melveny has created the William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship for first-year law students. Named for O’Melveny senior partner Bill Coleman, who played a key role in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case Brown v Board of Education, the Fellowship will be awarded to first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and desire to contribute to the firm’s diversity and inclusion goals. If chosen, Fellows will be accepted to O’Melveny’s paid summer associate program and receive up to US$10,000 to use for law school tuition and expenses

Read more and apply here

Due Jan. 31: Paid, Fair Housing Enforcement and Policy summer law clerks with the National Fair Housing Alliance

 

national-fair-housing-allianceApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is a national civil rights office, based in Washington, DC. NFHA serves as the trade association for a consortium of private, fair housing organizations from throughout the United States dedicated to promoting equal housing, lending, and insurance opportunities through enforcement, advocacy, training, and research. Founded in 1988, NFHA is the only national organization dedicated solely to the eradication of housing discrimination in the United States. NFHA pursues cutting-edge litigation under the federal Fair Housing Act, often utilizing testing-based evidence and working in partnership with its network of local fair housing centers, and files amicus briefs to promote sound fair housing jurisprudence.

The law clerks will assist with forwarding NFHA’s systemic investigations and enforcement efforts, including developing litigation and administrative complaints against entities engaged in providing, financing and/or building housing in a discriminatory manner. The law clerks will also assist with the technical support NFHA provides its member organizations on enforcement matters. Finally, the law clerks will assist with NFHA’s federal public policy advocacy, in coordination with legislative offices and federal agencies.

Learn more and apply here

Due Jan. 31: Executive Director, Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program

ccvlpApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Vancouver, WA based non-profit organization seeks Executive Director with prior management experience in non-profit realm. Focus for position is program development and fundraising, with some day-to day office management for a small, two employee office. Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors, and provide outreach to partnerships with other organizations in Clark County to increase program awareness through social media and networking. The Executive Director will work closely with attorneys and other legal professionals, but legal experience is not a prerequisite. This position requires flexibility, the ability to work with community partners, including advanced interpersonal and communication skills. Travel may be required, and occasionally require evening and weekend work.

Learn more and apply here

Due Feb. 10: World Bank Group Integrity Vice President internship 

World Bank LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) offers qualified law students with funded summer-public-interest fellowships the opportunity to work in INT for a summer.

The World Bank Group (WBG) consists of five organizations, with 189 member countries, more than 10,000 employees, and over 100 offices around the world. Our mission is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, and boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in all developing countries. To achieve these goals, WBG-supported activities address a wide range of issues, from sustainable framing in Vietnam, to supporting social safety nets in Madagascar, to tackling both the causes and effects of climate change.

Learn more and apply here 

Due Feb. 15: Two-year human rights and justice fellowship with UT Austin

rapoport-logoApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin, an interdisciplinary human rights center housed in the School of Law, seeks applications for a two-year residential fellowship beginning summer 2017. Applicants from all disciplines and countries are welcome to apply.

Seeking an academic or a practitioner who is either currently engaged in human rights research with an interest in labor or has experience in international labor rights. Additional familiarity with natural resource governance is an advantage. Candidates should have strong writing and verbal communication skills and an aptitude for critical analysis of human rights issues and practices, particularly from a global perspective. Learn more here.

Apply here

Due Feb. 15: Paid summer fellowship working on justice techonology

atjApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

The ATJ Tech Fellows program provides law students a unique experiential opportunity to take part in a 10-week paid summer fellowship program, where they’ll spend their summer working on a range of innovative projects and initiatives aimed to improve our civil justice system.

At the intersection of access to justice and innovation, the ATJ Tech Fellows program integrates a part virtual curriculum with practical application, where fellows learn the varied use of technology in delivering legal services and other translational legal skills.

 

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Public Counsel hiring summer interns in a variety of fields

Public Counsel LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects currently accepting 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.

Learn more and apply here

Coming up: First Amendment SJT, Judicial Clerkship interview primer, and more!

Jan. 17, SJT: The First Amendment: Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Protests  

sjtTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 138

In the week leading up to the Inauguration, join the Women’s Law Caucus for a panel discussion on the First Amendment and free speech rights. What is hate speech? What is a legal protest? How can lawyers and law students balance civil rights with the freedom of speech on the federal and state levels? We’ll discuss that and more on 1/17. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP in Symplicity. Hosted by the Women’s Law Caucus

Panelists include: La Rond Baker, ACLU; Prof. Ronald Collins, UW Law; and Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Council.

Jan. 18, Coffee Talk: WA State Legislature Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC)

WAstatelegTime: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
 UW School of Law, Room 115 

Info session with JLARC for students interested in the work of Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee of the WA State Legislature. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Symplicity.

Jan. 18: Judicial Clerkship Information Session

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2017
Place:
UW School of Law, Room 127

How would you answer the judge? “Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice, and why? Name an opinion that illustrates your point.” “Describe a flaw in the justice system and how you would fix it.” “Which of my opinions have you read?” “If I made you an offer right now, would you accept it?”

Not sure? Want to run your answer by someone? Then come to Clerkships 102: Interviewing Workshop  Tips on what to expect and practice with tough questions from actual interviews. Led by Clerkship Director Ben Halasz

Jan. 26: MentorLink Mixer: Women in Leadership

WSBA LogoTime: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26th, 2017
Place: WSBA Offices (1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle)

MentorLink brings together a diverse mix of successful women leaders and new attorneys to learn about and discuss relevant topics and support each other in the interest of advancing and thriving in the legal profession. This MentorLink Mixer is hosted by WSBA Mentorship in partnership with Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association and Washington Women Lawyers. RSVP Here!

 To learn more or if you have any questions, check out MentorLink Mixers or email us at MentorLink@wsba.org.

Not sure how to deal with that one family member at the reunion? SPLC has a guide for responding to everyday bigotry

During a time of great change, civil legal aid may be threatened

screenshot-37Originally published as “Prepare To Dig In To Preserve Civil Legal Aid” by Lonnie A. Powers, executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, on the Huffington Post. Image courtesy of the Huffington Post.

“We don’t quite know what to expect from the federal government in the weeks and months ahead in terms of support for civil legal aid. For decades, support for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nonprofit that administers federal funding to legal aid programs across the country, has been seen as a smart investment by members of both parties.” Read the full article here.

SPLC: “Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry”

SPLC LogoOriginally published by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This guide provides ideas and actions for responding to bigotry and ignorance in everyday life.

“Your brother routinely makes anti-Semitic comments. Your neighbor uses the N-word in casual conversation. Your co-worker ribs you about your Italian surname, asking if you’re in the mafia. Your classmate insults something by saying, “That’s so gay.”

And you stand there, in silence, thinking, “What can I say in response to that?” Or you laugh along, uncomfortably. Or, frustrated or angry, you walk away without saying anything, thinking later, “I should have said something.” Learn how to deal with these types of situations with the Speak Up guide. Read the full guide here.

Shriver Center creates “Racial Justice Training Institute”

Shriver CenterIn the face of a coming transition in federal leadership and deep societal divisions, anti-poverty advocates must understand and address issues of race, implicit bias, and how to affirmatively advance racial equity. The Racial Justice Training Institute is a groundbreaking national leadership program that offers a transformative experience to build and fortify agents for change.

Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and coaches, you’ll learn how to use new racial justice knowledge and skills in your daily work and apply these to a racial equity initiative that your team will work on throughout the Institute. Learn more and apply to the institute here.

Second Circuit seeking 2L for externship opportunity

Due Feb. 1: EEOC summer internship positions for 2Ls and 3Ls

EEOC SealApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

The Office of the Chair (OCH), headquartered in Washington, DC, assists the Chair in fulfilling her responsibilities as Chair of the Commission and administrative head of the agency. As one of five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the Chair votes on all matters that come before the Commission, including policy issues, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts; issues Commissioner’s charges of discrimination, where appropriate; and performs such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order. The Chair is the official spokesperson for the Commission and is responsible for the development and implementation of Commission policies, procedures, and programs. The Chair also handles all operational aspects of the Commission, including managing Executive and Legislative branch relationships, the budget, personnel, and EEOC’s headquarters and 53 field offices.

Interns conduct research and prepare memorandum on a range of issues under the federal civil rights statutes and other relevant federal statutes. Interns assist in reviewing, researching and making recommendations on the documents presented for approval by the Chair, such as policy guidance, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, and subpoena determinations. Interns may also assist in the drafting of talking points and speeches for the Chair and OCH staff, as well as the preparation of Commission meetings.

Application Process: Apply here.

Due Feb. 3: Externship opportunity for 2Ls in the 2nd Circuit

2nd-circuitApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

The Staff Attorney’s Office for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is accepting applications from second-year law students for summer internships in 2017. The Staff Attorney’s Office handles the court’s immigration docket, which principally involves challenges to the denial of applications for asylum, withholding of removal, or relief under the Convention Against Torture, as well as issues relating to the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. The office also handles all pro se appeals and motions, counseled motions, and successive petitions for habeas corpus relief. The pro se appeals frequently raise issues of prisoners’ rights, civil procedure, constitutional law, employment discrimination and social security. Counseled motions include emergency requests for stays, injunctions and writs of mandamus, as well as motions for leave to appeal in class actions, securities actions, and agency cases. The office also handles Anders and other motions in criminal cases. All of the motions handled by the staff attorneys concern the merits of the appeals; many are dispositive. Read more about the position here

Application Process: Find application instructions here

Due Feb. 3: International Justice Mission Field Office Internship abroad

ijmApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

 

Summer Legal Internships are designed to give law students an opportunity to serve in one of our field offices. As a legal intern, you will gain skills and knowledge regarding international laws and policies which protect the rights of those subject to violent forms of human rights abuses. The program provides exposure to legal work and helps participants develop skills in legal research, writing briefs and preparing case documentation. 
Positions may be available in: Manila, Philippines; Cebu, Philippines; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Bangalore, India; Kolkata, India; Chennai, India; Delhi, India; Mumbai, India; Kampala, Uganda; Gulu, Uganda; Accra, Ghana; La Paz, Bolivia; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; or Washington, D.C. Read more here.
Application Process: Get more information here.

Due Feb. 5: SEC hiring 1L through its Student Honors Program

SEC LogoApplication Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 

The SEC’s mission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. The agency seeks high-caliber students who share the values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is now hiring first-year (1L) law students for its 2017 Summer Honors Program in Washington, DC. Though these are volunteer positions, they offer students responsibilities and experiences that promote their careers. Students work with Commission staff on projects particular to the Division or Office to which they are assigned. Students participate in seminars/workshops on various aspects of the federal securities laws. We ask that our students commit 40-hours per week for at least 10 weeks. There are also opportunities in a number of regional offices. Read more here
Application Process: Find instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: 2L summer internships and externships with the Alaska Public Defender Agency

alaska-public-defender-agency

Application Deadline: Open until filled, generally hiring is completed by the end of March

At the Alaska Public Defender Agency, student interns/externs go to court on a regular basis and represent clients on their own; they have a very hands-on practical experience and most end up loving it. Get more information about the Alaska Public Defender Agency here.

Application Process: Get information about the application process here.

Rolling Deadline: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction seeks full-time attorney

ospiApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader to join the OSPI team as an Equity and Civil Rights Program Supervisor. This critical and innovative full-time position is based in Olympia, Washington. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the OSPI website (www.k12.wa.us) to gain insight into the agency’s mission and strategic plan. Read more about the position here.

Application Process: Find instructions here.

RSVP now for WSBA’s Open Section Night and meet lawyers working in your interest area

Jan. 6: Office of Program Research Info Session and Interviews

pubsitebanner2013full2xTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 119

The Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan legal, research, and support services to the standing committees of the Washington State House of Representatives. This Informational Session is required for all students interviewing with OPR on 1/6 and is open to everyone. RSVPs through Symplicity are required!

Jan. 6: Mixer with Poverty Law and Social Services

poverty-law-and-social-servicesTime: 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
Place: Seattle Foundation, 1601 5th Ave., Suite 1900, Seattle, WA 98101

To help recruit new members, Poverty Law & Social Services (PLSS) is hosting a mixer on Friday, January 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Seattle Foundation in their Westlake Tower suite.

PLSS is a recently established registered student organization that focuses on social service disparities, unmet legal needs, and access to justice barriers for low-income residents of Washington. Notably, PLSS seeks to be a partnership among MSW, MPH, MPA, and JD candidates, permitting participation by undergraduates and all other interested students. To RSVP, please e-mail plss@uw.edu.

Jan. 11: Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast

UW Law LogoTime: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
Place: Room 115

Interested in a career in Criminal Law? Not sure if you want to be a Prosecutor or Defender? Want to learn about pathways to careers in criminal justice? Yes? Then look no further, this is the workshop for you!

Join us for a light breakfast and a panel discussion with local prosecutors and defenders. RSVP on Symplicity.

Jan. 19: WSBA Open Sections Night

WSBA LogoTime: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Place: WSBA Conference Center1325 Fourth Ave., suite 600, Seattle (View map)

Open Sections Night connects new and young lawyers and law students to WSBA sections, which offer a wealth of experience and resources to help new and young lawyers find their footing in the legal profession.

New and young lawyers attend Open Sections Night to learn more about WSBA’s 28 sections, enter for a chance to win a door prize, mingle with new and experienced attorneys, enjoy light appetizers sponsored by WSBA Sections and new lawyer programs. Complete this form by Jan. 17, 2017 to RSVP.