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Due September 27:  Equal Justice Works 2018 Fellowships

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

With less than two weeks left to apply, we are truly in the final stretch! Equal Justice Works Fellowships provide innovative solutions to issues facing vulnerable individuals and communities, and we’re accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship class until 11:59 PM EST on September 27, 2017.

Apply here.

Due May 31:  Equal Justice Works VISTA Legal Fellowships

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The goal of the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) is to preserve, maintain, and improve project-based Section 8 affordable housing. Now recruiting members for several sites. Apply here.  

2018 Bertha Justice Fellowships

Application Deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017

From taking on the NYPD’s racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk program to challenging indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice for 50 years. We’re a multiracial, diverse staff committed to building the power of the people and communities we represent. Whether it’s immigration detention, solitary confinement, the Movement for Black Lives, Muslim profiling, or Palestinian human rights, we fight for civil and human rights though creative use of litigation and advocacy.

In 2012, CCR launched the Bertha Justice Fellowship to deepen our work training the next generation of “people’s lawyers.”

For application and further information, apply here.

Due October 13: Eastside Legal Assistance Program Family Law Fellowship

Application Deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017

Would you like a free opportunity to learn hands-on legal skills, earn CLE credits, network, have a space to start your own legal practice, and to have firms (both private and non-profit) want to hire you on the spot?

The year-long program is an opportunity for newly licensed attorneys pursuing a career in family law to gain direct experience in a supportive environment. Fellows volunteer half-time while receiving computer access, desks, phones, mentorship and training in Family Law, Domestic Violence, motions practice and pre-trial/trial preparation. ELAP will also provide law office management training to assist the attorneys in establishing their own offices. And Fellows are covered by ELAP’s malpractice insurance for all work done on ELAP cases.

Contact ELAP’s Managing Attorney, Juanita Cope, at juanita@elap.org or 425.747.7274 ext 204.

Due October 31: K&L Gates Public Interest Fellowship

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The fellowship was established in September 1999 to offer law students the opportunity to assist public service organizations located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2018, the program will award one successful candidate a fellowship that enables them to spend eight weeks of their summer working at Neighborhood Legal Services Association. For additional details about Neighborhood Legal Services Association, please click on the below link.

Neighborhood Legal Services Association strives to ensure access to justice by providing free “civil” legal services to low income individuals and families. For more information, please visit https://nlsa.us/.

In 2018, the fellowship recipient will be paid a stipend of $1,000/week (less applicable taxes) for his or her public interest service. All stipend checks will be made payable to the student and mailed to Neighborhood Legal Services Association.

To be considered for a fellowship award, candidates must complete and submit an application on or before October 31, 2017. For a copy of the application materials, please visit here.

Due October 9: Justice in Aging, Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2018

Application deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017

Justice in Aging is pleased to announce its first Racial Justice Fellowship for Summer 2018. The fellow may work in any of our three offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, or Washington D.C. This is a paid fellowship.

The Position: Justice in Aging seeks a rising 3L (current 2L) with a passion for public interest law and a commitment to communities of color for a 10-week summer fellowship focused on the intersection of poverty, aging, and racial justice. The fellow will work with staff to identify a project that integrates Justice in Aging’s core programs, health care and economic security, with the fellow’s personal and professional interests.

For information and to apply.

Due October 16: ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties – Notice to Third-Year Law Students and Recent GraduatesACLU of WA

Application Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017.

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties seeks applicants for a legal fellowship for the Border Litigation Project (BLP), to begin in Fall 2018.

For information and apply here.

Due October 30:  National Juvenile Defender Center,  2018-2020 Gault Fellowship

Application Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017

Recent law school graduates (Class of 2017 or 2018) are invited apply for a two-year juvenile defense fellowship at the National Juvenile Defense Center (NJDC) in Washington, DC starting in September 2018

The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault. The Gault decision extended to juveniles many of the same due process protections afforded adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel.

For information and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: The Washington Defender Association Incarcerated Parents Project Externship

Application Deadline: Rolling

The impact of incarceration upon parent-clients and their children presents a devastating set of circumstances, from which families may never fully recover.  Unnecessarily separating families is devastating to children, their incarcerated parents and our communities. In contrast, family reunification is linked to reduced recidivism, greater family stability, and improved emotional response for children. No parent should face the punishment of losing a child simply because he/she is serving a sentence.

At IPP, we attempt to address the unique needs of families facing incarceration and help individuals preserve relationships with their children by providing case assistance and training to practitioners and the bench; by establishing best practices in support of providing holistic representation; and by implementing legislative strategies to reduce traumatic effects of family separation that parental incarceration inflicts upon children in Washington State.

To Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to dadre@defensenet.org

Rolling Deadline: The Washington Defender Association – Technical Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Rolling

WDA’s technical assistance attorneys provide support and resources to public defenders throughout Washington.  We do this through case consultations, practice advisories and sample motions. Case consultations involve answering specific questions about specific cases or brainstorming and strategizing with defenders addressing specific legal issues or problems. Practice advisories summarize criminal law in specific areas for busy public defenders. We also plan and present at CLEs for public defenders and write amicus briefs in cases that will have a broad impact in Washington. Working with WDA’s technical assistance attorneys will give you exposure to criminal law and issues facing Washington’s public defenders. You will deepen your understanding of case law, statutes and legal issues.

To Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to Magda Baker at magda@defensenet.org .

Due October 6: Vermont Legal Aid, Disability Law Attorney

Application Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017

Vermont Legal is opening the search for a full-time Disability Law Attorney in our Montpelier office. Responsibilities include individual and systems advocacy in a variety of forums on behalf of persons with disabilities.

For information and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Center for Reproductive Rights: Staff Attorney, US Litigation New York, New York

Application Deadline: Rolling

The Staff Attorney will be part of the Center’s litigation team and participate in impact litigation on reproductive rights and justice issues in federal and state courts. Find out more about this position and apply here. 

Southern Poverty Law Center & King County Department of Public Defense summer internships, Washington Environmental Council

Immediate Hire: The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights is a human rights organization created in 2015 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grass roots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

The Institute has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research and advocacy methodology at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level. Hence our program includes building the capacity of our partners for advocating for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigation within the Inter-American Human Rights System, in coordination with domestic litigation, policy advocacy and community mobilization. Using the Universal System is also crucial for the advancement of human rights, in particular the Special Procedures and Treaty Bodies, such as the UN CERD and CEDAW Committees. The Institute works extensively in the UN system.

Apply: No calls please. Send immediately cover letter, resume, and writing samples in English and Spanish by email here.

Due November 1: Federal Public Defender District of Oregon  – 8 Positions Intern Summer 2018

Application deadline:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Federal Public Defender represents indigent people charged with federal crimes, including bank robbery, gun and drug crimes, immigration violations, and various frauds. Law clerks assist the defenders by researching legal issues and drafting trial memoranda, motions to suppress, jury instructions, appellate briefs, and other legal writing. Typical research topics involve search and seizure issues, the right to counsel, outrageous government misconduct, evidence questions, and constitutional issues in habeas cases.

We are currently recruiting for summer 2018, but will also consider externship applications for the 2017-2018 school year. We accept applications for both our Portland and Eugene offices. The position is full time during the summer months and can be part time (minimum 16 hours a week) during the school year.Students must have finished their first year of law school by the time they begin work. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, 5 page max writing sample (excerpts okay) and transcript to Jessica Snyder’s e-mail here.  (please include the term FPDapplication (one word) in your subject line).

Due November 1:  Southern Poverty Law Center 2018 Summer Legal Internship Application

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. Our Legal Department focuses on cases involving the rights of children, prisoners, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, victims of hate crimes, and issues affecting economically disadvantaged communities.

Responsibilities: Each summer, the Southern Poverty Law Center will host law students to work on current and cutting edge legal issues in one of our five legal offices. Students receive supervision of their legal work by lawyers on our staff. We strive to create a work environment that is collaborative and intellectually rigorous. Summer interns assist Center attorneys, advocates, and paralegals with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, outreach, and public policy advocacy. Interns will be assigned to a practice group and office based on experience and the needs of the Center. Legal interns are compensated by the Center

Locations:

Atlanta, GA
Jackson, MS
Miami, FL
Montgomery, AL
New Orleans, LA
Tallahassee, FL

Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin between late May and early June. A minimum commitment of ten consecutive weeks is expected.

Further information and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Washington Environmental Council

The Government Affairs Manager is an exciting opportunity for a full-time position with WEC and WCV to help advance goals across our four programs: Acting for Climate and Clean Energy; Protecting and Restoring Puget Sound; Preventing New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure; and Sustaining Evergreen Forests. The position reports to the Government Affairs Director and is responsible for shaping and implementing lobbying and advocacy campaigns, fostering strong partnerships with elected leaders and issue experts, and galvanizing support for a healthy environment at local and state levels of government. As part of the Government Affairs team, this position will focus on local government advocacy and may also support state level lobbying and litigation strategies to meet the goals and objectives of a specific effort.

No phone calls or mailed applications please. We are hoping to fill this position as soon as possible and will be reviewing applications on a rolling deadline.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and a resume to on our website here.

Due September 22: King County Department of Public Defense Summer 2018

Application deadline: Friday, 9/22/2017

The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now actively recruiting 3rd year law students committed to working in public defense in King County to begin employment in late summer 2018. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. The scope of representation expected by an attorney is determined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards established by the State Supreme Court and that foster excellence in legal representation are observed in accordance with Washington State Bar Association guidelines. Attorneys in the Department of Public Defense are expected to complete all required trainings and to actively advance their level of practice by seeking additional learning opportunities.

Who May Apply: This recruitment is open to 3rd year law student candidates and may be used to fill current and/or future full-time and part-time career service and term-limited temporary positions in any of the Department’s four divisions and/or office locations in King County. Applications with be screened on a weekly basis beginning August 7, 2017. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in interviews beginning mid September 2017.

Where to Apply: Interested individuals should submit an online King County application, cover letter, resume, and short writing sample. You can find the online application here.

Council of State Governments-Project Manager

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan, research-driven strategies and tools to increase public safety and strengthen communities. In general, the Justice Center works closely with legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on various criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center develops written and web-based materials, conducts complex data analysis, and provides on-the-ground technical assistance to policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, behavioral health, law enforcement, etc.), in state and local jurisdictions.

For complete job description and apply here.

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.

Interested in Indian Law? Summer Internship Opportunities Available

U.S. Sentencing Commission Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 10/19

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The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls! Southern Poverty Law Center Offering Paid Summer Legal Internship in Miami, Due 10/23

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The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. SPLC’s Miami office works primarily in the areas of children’s rights and mass incarceration. It uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community mobilization to ensure that Florida’s juvenile justice and education systems result in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

For more information, click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Due 10/25, Paid Position

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The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.  SPLC’s Jackson, MS office uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community organizing to ensure that juvenile justice, educational and mental health system results in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

Summer interns assist SPLC’s attorneys and advocates with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, client interviews in correctional and mental health facilities, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeks Fellows and Legal Interns

Indian Law Resource Center Fellowship Applications Due 10/30ILRC Logo

The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to providing legal advice, assistance, and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas. We are also committed to developing new attorneys in the fields of Indian law and international human rights law.

To this end, we offer several fellowship and clerkship opportunities in both our Helena, Montana and Washington, D.C. offices. These fellowship and clerkship opportunities require a minimum eight week commitment and entail legal research and writing on major Indian rights issues related to current projects of the Indian Law Resource Center. The Lewis and Sidley Fellowships both offer a stipend of $3,000 for the term of the Fellowship. Applicants are welcome to supplement this stipend with additional financial support through their law school’s public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships.

The John D. B. Lewis Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in international indigenous human rights issues.
The Terrance A. Sidley Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeks Fall 2015 Legal Intern, Position Open Until Filled

The Indian Law Resource Center seeks a legal intern for our Washington, DC office for Fall 2015. Knowledge of international and/or federal Indian law and Spanish language skills are preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience.

Applications for the Fall 2015 legal internship are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

For more information, click here.

Procopio Seeks Summer 2016 Native American Intern, Due 10/30

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Procopio has a long-standing tradition of providing growth opportunities to the communities we serve. Procopio’s Native American Practice Group extends this tradition by actively investing in the future leaders of Indian Country through offering paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Please join us in identifying qualified legal students within Native American communities that may be interested in being part of this engaging opportunity.

The Native American Law Internship provides an opportunity for a Native American law student, or law student emphasizing Native American Law, to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American communities. Interns are involved in matters that deal with specific Indian law-related legal practice matters and other legal problems facing tribal governments and Native entities. Procopio Interns reach out to local Native American youth to provide guidance and inspiration regarding educational direction and opportunities.

For more information, click here.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Seeks DC Summer 2016 Law Student Intern, Position Open Until Filled

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is currently accepting law student internship applications for Summer 2016.  Summer interns will be responsible for legal and policy research, legal writing, policy analysis, monitoring federal legislation and administrative activity, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach material, discovery review, and/or other needs that may arise during the summer.  Intern assignments depend on the needs of LDF’s legal and policy staff during the summer months. Summer interns will be exposed to a variety of activity within the largest national civil rights coalition, including a series of brown bag luncheons featuring prominent civil rights and public interest attorneys, attended by interns from numerous non-profit legal organizations. Internships are unpaid and limited in number.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Spanish Bilingual Staff Attorney in Working Families Project Immigrant Workers Group (Yakima, WA), Due 11/2

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Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Immigrant Workers Group. This position will provide systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to advance a broad range of legal issues affecting farm and other low-wage workers and their families in Washington. This position will focus primarily on employment, as well as related civil rights and access to equal opportunities in our communities.

For more information, click here.

Planned Parenthood Seeking Lobbyist and Policy Coordinator in Washington, Position Open Until Filled

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Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii (PPVNH) is the advocacy and political arm of the four Planned Parenthood affiliates in Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Hawaii. Collectively we advocate for the services that more than 200,000 patients receive at Planned Parenthood health centers in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaiian Islands each year. We work on behalf of all women and men to promote government policies that ensure equal and open access to reproductive health care for women and their families.

We are seeking a Lobbyist and Policy Coordinator to lead the PPVNH state team’s government
relations in pursuit of public policies that protect and promote a full range of reproductive health and rights for all the diverse people in Washington’s communities, as well as those policies that make it possible for women, men, and families to access reproductive health services and information.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice Seeking Health Communities Legal Fellow, Position Open Until Filled

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Earthjustice invites 2015 law school graduates and current law school students expecting to graduate before the fall of 2016 to apply for the two-year Healthy Communities Legal Fellowship. The fellowship is based in Earthjustice’s Washington, D.C. office and will begin in September 2016.

This Fellowship is designed to help new attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective legal advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. Attorneys who graduated law school prior to 2015 are encouraged to apply to openings within Earthjustice’s Associate Attorney Program.

The term of the Fellowship is two years, after which the Fellow may be considered for open positions in the Associate Attorney Program. Starting salary for the Fellowship is competitive and we offer an excellent benefits package.

For more information, click here.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Applications Due Tomorrow! Apply Now!

2015-2016 Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship Applications Due Tomorrow!

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The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton (Fulbright-Clinton) Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.

2015-16 Fulbright-Clinton Fellows are being hosted by the African Union, Bangladesh, Burma, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Timor-Leste, and Samoa.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

21 Progress Seeking Executive Director, Due 10/15

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We are seeking a dynamic, progressive leader who has a passion for social justice and a commitment to building a new generation of leaders. The successful candidate should see this work as a calling rather than a job. 21 PROGRESS is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 and seeded with start up funds from UFCW 21, the largest private sector union in Washington. 21 PROGRESS works to increase the number and expertise of new progressive leaders through leadership development programs in civic engagement, economic justice, arts & culture, and everyday economics. These programs serve DREAMers, New Americans and other low wage workers, their families and communities. 21 PROGRESS operates with a small core staff of four, a $400,000 annual operating budget and diverse programming partners throughout the community. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Georgetown Law’s Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship, Due 10/17

GeorgetownThe Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women’s rights throughout their careers.  Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women’s issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities organized by WLPPFP.

The Fellowships are determined each year based upon several factors, including the interests of the top Fellowship candidates, the potential placement organizations and the donors supporting the Fellowships.  Since the establishment of the Program, WLPPFP has been fortunate to be able to place a Women’s Law Fellow each year with the Georgetown University Law Center Domestic Violence Clinic, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the National Women’s Law Center – three preeminent women’s rights entities in Washington, DC.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Carey & Lillevik, PLLC Seeking Associate Attorney in Seattle

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A position has opened at Carey & Lillevik for an associate attorney. The firm would like to hire an associate attorney on or before October 20th.

Carey & Lillevik’s practice areas include child protection services/CPS, juvenile crime, criminal defense, divorce, family law, education law, and estate planning. Partners Ann Carey and Linda Lillevik founded the firm on the premise that deep commitment to clients and a comprehensive understanding of the law are essential components to successful client outcomes.

For more information about the firm, click here.  

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, references and brief writing sample to Ann Carey and Linda Lillevik.

Attention 2Ls! Paid Summer Internship with Southern Poverty Law Center in Jackson, Mississippi, Due 10/25

SPLCThe Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. SPLC’s Jackson, MS office uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community organizing to ensure that juvenile justice, educational and mental health system results in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

Summer interns assist SPLC’s attorneys and advocates with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, client interviews in correctional and mental health facilities, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls! Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in DC Offering Paid Internships, Due 1/16/15

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NRDC is a leading nonprofit membership organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. NRDC’s experts pursue cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated lobbying, hard-hitting scientific research, and broad-reaching public education.

NRDC’s summer legal interns may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, investigating violations of environmental laws, developing policy advocacy campaigns, and drafting white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies. NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on enormous responsibility. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of a summer, an NRDC intern will typically work on a variety of projects and amass experience that he or she could not obtain anywhere else.

Washington State Pro Bono Council Offering 2014-2015 Access to Justice Policy Internship, Open Until Filled

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Volunteer lawyer programs (VLPs) in Washington State have a unique and complex history. Each of the 18 current VLPs evolved in its own way. Several VLPs started as projects of local bar associations, while others were started by groups of attorneys responding to the need in their community. Some programs became stand-alone nonprofit corporations, others became part of community action centers, and three programs remain part of their local bar associations. The local nature of the VLPs is both a challenge and strength.

In response to these realities, the Pro Bono Subcommittee of the Access to Justice Board’s Delivery Systems Committee proposed that a Statewide Pro Bono Council (PBC) be formed to unify and address the needs of Washington’s VLPs – the proposal was adopted in July 2013 and launched in January 2014. The PBC is situated as a committee of the Access to Justice Board.  The PBC welcomes the participation of a law student as an ATJ intern.

The student will be invited to attend PBC meetings, shadow VLP clinics and projects, and be able to work on discrete projects related to the effective delivery of pro bono services in Washington, including one major research project. The nature and scope of these projects will be determined by the PBC, the Manager, and the student as the relationship develops. The research project will involve investigation and analysis of the systemic delivery of legal aid across the state.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Washington Supreme Court Seeking Externs in Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters – Work with Justice Gonzalez

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Justice González is an associate justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, the highest state appellate court.  His externs work under the close supervision of his lead law clerk, Laura Anglin. Externs will review and draft memoranda to the court analyzing and recommending the proper disposition of motions and state habeas corpus (personal restraint) petitions. They will review and make recommendations on bench memos, opinions, and attorney discipline matters. They may assist in the preparation of speeches, CLE materials, rules, and opinions. Externs must be able to both work independently, and work closely with a team, and learn from vigorous copy editing. Considerable research and writing is required.

For a complete job description and application details, click herePhoto credit: Washington Courts.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney for Economic Justice Project in Montgomery, Alabama

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The Southern Poverty Law Center seeks an attorney to join the Economic Justice Project in its Montgomery, Alabama office. The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Our Economic Justice Project seeks to address the systems, both public and private, that keep people trapped in poverty. Past and present areas of focus have been predatory payday and car title lending, the criminalization of poverty and related barriers the criminal justice system creates for persons to escape poverty, modern debtors’ prisons, access to public benefits and more. The practice group is based in Montgomery, Alabama but works across the Southeast United States. The practice group was formed in 2012, and is growing significantly to expand its work. The practice group is headed by a Deputy Legal Director who oversees this and another practice group, and has two full-time attorneys, one part-time attorney, and a researcher/advocate; the practice group is in the process of hiring a second researcher/advocate.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Interested in Poverty Law, Legal Aid, or Human Rights? New Summer Internships Just Right for You!

Environmental Protection Agency Accepting Fellowship Applications, Due TODAY!

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The EPA Region 10 Honors Attorney Fellowship is designed for a recent law school graduate with excellent academic credentials and strong interests in an environmental law career and public service. It provides an opportunity for entry-level attorneys to practice law in a leading governmental environmental organization, and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector. Region 10 offers new attorneys significant responsibility, the opportunity to handle a challenging caseload that includes enforcement and counseling work, and extensive training and mentoring from experienced colleagues with recognized expertise. EPA offers a diverse and supportive work environment.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads with 3-5 Years Experience! Western District of Washington DOJ Seeking Attorneys for Hire, Priority Consideration to Applications Submitted by 2/26

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Criminal Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Seattle

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  For more information, click here.

Civil Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Seattle

The anticipated positions will be located in the Civil Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Civil Division are responsible for representing the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District. Two primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and a variety of personal injury cases, and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States. Other areas of practice include immigration, bankruptcy, debts owed the United States or its agencies, breach of contract, judicial review of administrative findings, and injunctive proceedings. AUSAs in the Civil Division are active at both the trial and appellate levels, taking depositions, preparing and answering interrogatories, negotiating for settlement, engaging in motions practice, trying cases, and writing and arguing appeals.  For more information, click here.

Criminal Law Assistant United States Attorney Position Open in Tacoma

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  For more information, click here.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice Seeks Summer Fellows, Due 2/28

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The Hague Institute for Global Justice offers genuine supervision of the internship, a dynamic and flexible work environment, and motivated and energetic staff. The Hague Institute will offer Summer Fellows housing for the duration of their tenure at the Institute. Additional costs, including travel, living expenses, visa arrangements and medical insurance connected with the program must be borne by Fellows.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  US Department of Health and Human Services Seeking Summer Interns in Besthesda, MD, Due 3/1

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The HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Public Health Division, NIH Branch is now welcoming applications from law students interested in a summer internship with us.  The chosen intern will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the summer intern will assist attorneys in the NIH Branch with a variety of legal matters that they handle for the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH, which could include clinical trials, grants, administrative procedure, privacy, animal welfare, intellectual property, and technology transfer issues.

For more information and application details, click here.

Congressional Executive Commission on China Offering Paid Internship, Due 3/1

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming summer in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is March 1, 2014 for the Summer 2014 internship that runs from June to August 2014. Summer internships are full-time; interns are expected to work from 32 to 40 hours per week. See application instructions below.

For complete details and application information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!  Southern Poverty Law Center Offers Paid Legal Internship on LGBT Rights in Montgomery, Alabama, Due ASAP

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The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation. The internship position is located in the Montgomery office.

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.  Interns receive $700.00 per week. Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2014. A minimum commitment of ten weeks is expected.

For more details and application instructions, click here.

Interested in Human Rights?  Vance Center for International Justice Seeks Human Rights Intern, Reviewed on Rolling Basis

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The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. The Vance Center is a unique collaboration of international lawyers catalyzing public interest innovation. A non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association, we bring together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs.

The Intern – who must be fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese – will work with the the Human Rights and Access to Justice Program.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  NWIRP’s Granger Office Seeking Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Staff Attorney, Full Consideration for Application Submitted by 3/7

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters.

This position is based in NWIRP’s Granger Office, which is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima. From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Eastern Washington. The office currently has a staff of seven and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families.

For more information and application details, click here.

Community Lawyers, Inc. Seeking Legal Summer Intern in Los Angeles, CA, Due 3/15

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Community Lawyers, Inc. (“CLI”) seeks law students for its 10 week-summer internship program that focuses on providing legal assistance to low-income and moderate-income clients. The internship program is structured to strengthen the relationships between the private bar and legal aid organizations in Southern California to increase the options available to legal services consumers.

The CLI Summer Internship Program allows law students to obtain first-hand working experience in the community-based legal services arena. In addition, students will be given the unique opportunity to build relationships with judges, attorneys and community leaders to increase the delivery of affordable legal services while bolstering their abilities to navigate the legal profession. Interns will spend a portion of their summer at a small law firm and will spend a portion of their summer at a non-profit legal aid office. Placements will be determined by the student’s individual interests.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2014

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students!  New York’s Open Society Foundations Seeks Legal Research Intern this Summer, Due 3/15

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

For this internship program, OSF is seeking individuals currently enrolled in a relevant law school program who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors. The ideal candidates will have strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills, a demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information, and a desire to function in a team environment. They also must be able to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.

For more information and application details, click here.

Post Grad Human Rights Fellowship, ALJ positions and Smokin’ Summer 2014 Internships

Attention 3Ls! Human Rights Watch 2014 Fellowship Application Available

HRWAlan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship – Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”), this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, or other relevant studies. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.

Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location. The NYU, Sandler, and Finberg Fellows work full-time for one year with Human Rights Watch.

Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.

Past fellows have conducted research and advocacy on numerous different issues in countries all over the world. Recent examples include projects on: police corruption and access to justice in Liberia; accessibility for people with disabilities in Russia; youth in solitary confinement in US prisons; hazardous child labor in artisanal gold mining in Tanzania; police abuse of gay men in Kyrgyzstan.

Application deadline: October 16

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Washington Office of Administrative Hearings Hiring ALJs

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The Washington Office of Administrative Hearings is seeking applications for pro tem or full time ALJs working out of the Tacoma and possibly Seattle offices.  Pro tem is very flexible scheduling and where ALJs can hold hearings by phone (from  home!) even though technically working out of the Tacoma office.  They have an “open posting”  we know they need to hire in the near future.

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may conduct several types of hearings, including, but not limited to child support, public assistance, unemployment insurance, professional licensing, and other government benefit or regulatory programs. Hearings vary in complexity. Some, like toll violation appeals, involve fast-paced, high volume work with minimal decision-writing. Others relate to agency regulatory activities and may involve hearings over several days, substantial motion practice, and complex legal issues. ALJs are expected to manage the variety in case type and complexity.
ALJs provide high quality and timely administrative hearings and decisions pursuant to RCW Chapter 34.05 and other applicable laws consistent with the requirements of due process. ALJs provide courteous and fair treatment to all concerned. The ALJ works as called upon to support and carry out the agency mission, vision, values, and goals.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Summer 2014 Summer Legal Interns (Paid!)

SPLCThe Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. The Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing bigotry and oppression through education and litigation.  Our Legal Department focuses on cases involving the rights of children, prisoners, immigrants, the LGBT community, victims of hate crimes, and issues affecting economically disadvantaged communities.

Interns in the Montgomery office will work primarily on issues affecting children, prisoners, the LGBT community, and economically disadvantaged communities.

Summer interns assist Center attorneys, advocates, and paralegals with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

Interns receive $700.00 per week.  Start dates are somewhat flexible, but interns are expected to begin sometime in early June 2014.  A minimum commitment of ten weeks is expected.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, a writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and the names and phone numbers of two references no later than October 25, 2013, to https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=6462791. The Center expects to select interns by early December 2013.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to inquiries by telephone.

The Center for Popular Democracy Seeks 2Ls for Summer 2014 Community Lawyering InternshipCenter for Popular Democracy

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is a high-impact national organization based in New York City that promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy by partnering with grassroots organizations around the country to build community power and transform the state and local policy landscape. Working in the areas of immigrant rights and racial justice as well as economic and community justice, CPD provides legal and strategic support on state and local legislative campaigns that advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda. We also collaborate with established and emerging grassroots groups as they develop and refine their community organizing methodology and internal management, fundraising, and communications infrastructure. We currently are engaged in 90 projects in 26 states. Our team of nine attorneys and law graduates provides policy, legal, and strategic support on wide array of legislative and administrative campaigns.

CPD seeks talented, public interest-oriented 2Ls to participate in our summer Internship in Community Lawyering & Policy Innovation. Students will provide critically important support for CPD’s work in both issue areas through:

  • Legal research and analysis that supports development of viable policy options;
  • Policy research and analysis that identifies and evaluates approaches taken in jurisdictions across the country;

In addition, interns will conduct campaign research that informs strategy and produce related materials such as draft legislative language, proposal summaries and op-eds.

Learn more about CPD and this internship through this PSJD posting here.

Application Instructions: Current 2Ls should submit a resume, cover letter, legal writing sample and three references to Brittny Saunders at bsaunders@populardemocracy.org, with “Internship in Community Lawyering and Policy Innovation” in the subject line. Applications should be submitted by October 15, 2013 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should also complete our online form at the time that they submit their applications. You must submit the written materials AND fill out the online form in order for your application to be considered complete.

2014 Law Student Union Summer Applications Now Available

LSUS-2013_articleimageLaw Student Union Summer (LSUS) is a unique and exciting 10-week internship for law students that combines front-line, labor-related public interest legal work with grassroots organizing in ongoing campaigns by AFL-CIO-affiliated unions throughout the country.

In addition to legal research and writing, LSUS interns are involved in community outreach, member mobilization, corporate and other non-legal research, legislative campaigns and general litigation.

Responsibilities may include interviewing workers and drafting memoranda with factual and legal analysis in connection with presenting evidence to the National Labor Relations Board in unfair labor practice investigations and administrative hearings or to similar state public sector agencies. Labor-related public interest work may be performed in connection with issues that may arise during organizing or contract campaigns, such as: wage and hour violations, discrimination claims, immigration issues, environmental regulatory actions, whistle-blower protections and/or others. Organizing activities, including canvassing, planning and implementing solidarity-building activities and participating in meetings and home visits, are another primary component of the program. Travel may be required; work will vary from placement to placement; students may be based in an organizing office, local union, national union headquarters or law firm.

Application Deadlines: October 18 for 2Ls, January 17 for 1Ls

For complete description and application instructions please click here.