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

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

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

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

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

To sign up, click here. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To register, click here.

Pro Bono For Financial Empowerment

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

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

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

Continue reading here.

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

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

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

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

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

Interested in Paid Internships? Check Out the Juvenile Record-Sealing Position with TeamChild

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Immigration Externships in Winter and Spring 2015, Due TODAY

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Washington Defender Association (WDA) Immigration Project: WDA’s Immigration Project seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to research the immigration consequences of various convictions and work preparing publications and training programs for defense attorneys, prosecutors, and the court. WDA provides constitutionally mandated advice to attorneys across Washington on whether their non-citizen clients will face immigration consequences as a result of their convictions.  Students working in this rapidly evolving area must have taken immigration law and/or be taking criminal procedure (or have equivalent experience).  Students must work at the field placement for 16 – 20 hours/week. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this externship.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Tacoma Office: NWIRP’s Tacoma office seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to assist in directly representing immigrant detainees in removal (deportation) proceedings. This may include appearing in immigration court hearings, preparing clients for court, preparing witnesses, drafting a number of legal briefs and making oral arguments in court. NWIRP provides legal representation to immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. Students must work at the field placement for 20 – 35 hours a week. Preference will be given to Spanish speakers and to students who are available more rather than fewer hours. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this ext! ernship.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Seattle Office, Asylum Unit:
NWIRP’s Seattle office’s asylum unit seeks two externs for Winter and Spring Quarters 2015 to assist in helping asylum-seekers prepare declarations, doing research on country conditions, and writing legal briefs in support of asylum applications, with the possibility of making oral arguments in court. Students will also provide legal assistance to recently arrived unaccompanied Central American migrant youth. Preference will be given to Spanish speakers and to students who are available more rather than fewer hours. Regardless of how many externship credits students seek, students must also enroll in the two-credit immigration seminar (Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy) offered by Professor Angelica Chazaro in Winter Quarter 2015. Professor Chazaro will be the faculty supervisor for this externship.

Seminar Description:
B512 Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy
This course will examine immigration laws and policies related to how removal (deportation) laws and policies are established and implemented, and including the emergence and role of social change movements. Topics will include the intersection of immigration and criminal law, border security, state and local enforcement, the root causes of unauthorized migration, and the challenges of immigration law reform. The course will cover both legal doctrine and legislative issues concerning immigration detention and enforcement.

Application Process
To apply for any of the above Immigration Externships, please submit an application for each placement you are interested in, including a cover letter, your resume, and your law school transcript by email to extern@uw.edu by November 24, 2014 at 5 p.m. Each application should be a single pdf file labeled with your last name and the placement. Letters may be addressed to Esther Park with the name of the placement in the Re: line. Please also include a completed Externship Application, available here: https://www.law.washington.edu/externship/default.aspx.

Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP Fellowship Applications Due TODAY

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Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, a leading plaintiff’s employment boutique firm in Oakland, California, is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 fellowship, which will begin in September 2016.  This one-year fellowship offers talented recent law school graduates who are committed to workers’ rights a year of intensive litigation experience in a women-owned, private law firm.  The LVBH Fellow will work directly with attorneys in the firm on ongoing litigation in individual and class action cases and will receive training in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, writing and providing direct client services.  Applicants should have 0-3 years experience in the practice of law; experience or class room instruction in the field of employment law is a plus, but is not required.  Demonstrated commitment to public interest or civil rights work is required.  Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and a writing sample to sharon@levyvinick.com.

International Justice Resource Center Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 11/28

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The International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) invites applications for a new Staff Attorney position. IJRC seeks a Staff Attorney to play an integral role in this growing, ambitious organization’s provision of information, guidance, and training in international human rights law and advocacy to victims and advocates around the world.

In joining IJRC, the Staff Attorney will gain unique opportunities to help build a one-of-a-kind online resource hub, contribute to the understanding and effective use of international human rights law, forge relationships with advocates around the world, and assist individuals and groups in their vital struggle for fundamental freedoms. This position, open to young attorneys, offers a chance to become an important part of an organization whose impact and reputation are rapidly expanding.

The ideal candidate will be a licensed attorney with substantial working knowledge of international human rights law and the bodies that enforce it, as well as excellent writing and editing skills.

For more information, click here.

United Nations the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Seeking MENA Project Intern for Spring 2015, Due TOMORROW

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Would you like to work with women, peace and security issues? Do you want to apply your textbook Human Rights law skills to the real world setting of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region? Do you want to interact with NGOs from MENA and contribute to their work for Peace, Women and Security? Do you want to experience the exciting – and sometimes chaotic – life of working in a civil society organisation with small budgets and big ambitions?

If you have answered YES to the questions above, then we want you to be our MENA Project intern for Spring 2015.

As a member of the dedicated WILPF team, your tasks will be exciting, diverse, and challenging. You will take part in the UN human rights bodies’ sessions, you will liaise with our partners in the MENA region and learn from their work and you will report on all of that using your academic knowledge.

We encourage you to apply if you are a committed activist interested on Women’s rights and Peace issues. The internship is perfect for an energetic, motivated person who wants to discover the world of feminist organisations and activism.

For more information, click here.

TeamChild Seeking Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern, Paid Position, Due 12/5

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The Juvenile Record Sealing Legal Intern is responsible for assisting young men and women with motions to seal their juvenile record. The Intern will be responsible for running two juvenile record sealing clinics in King County. The clinics occur one Wednesday and one Saturday a month, October-May and two or three summer clinics. The intern’s attendance at these clinics is mandatory. The Intern will be responsible for organizing outreach efforts to ensure attendance at the Clinic and coordinating the participation of attorney and student volunteers.

Following the clinics, the Intern will be responsible for the filing and processing of paperwork necessary to seal juvenile criminal history. This requires the intern to be present at the King County juvenile courthouse two Fridays a month. The Intern will also be responsible for publicizing the Juvenile Record Sealing Clinics in King County and responding to calls and emails seeking general information regarding the record sealing process. The intern will also be asked to gather information on current juvenile offenders.

A successful applicant will be a law student in good academic standing. The position requires someone who is self-motivated and has an excellent demeanor with clients and colleagues. This position is open to both work study and non work study qualified students. The time commitment is approximately 20-30 hours per month and the rate of pay is $18 an hour. The intern must be able to attend the sealing clinics (1st Wednesday of every month from 6-8 PM and 1 Saturday every month from 9:00-11:00 AM) and the King County Juvenile Court hearing (at least one morning a month from 8:30-11:30 AM). A car is useful but not necessary.

This is a great opportunity for a 1L or 2L that wants to practice communicating with clients, community members, and is also seeking courtroom experience. If you are interested please email a resume and cover letter to recordsealing@teamchild.org by 5:00 PM on December 5, 2014. Interviews will be conducted in January, and training will begin in February.

Accountability Counsel Seeking Spring 2015 Law Fellow

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Our Law Fellows will work with Accountability Counsel’s staff toward our mission:

Accountability Counsel defends the environmental and human rights of communities around the world who are harmed by internationally financed development projects. We specialize in non-judicial accountability mechanisms established to receive community complaints. We accomplish our mission through: (1) assisting communities to use these mechanisms effectively and; (2) policy advocacy, ensuring that these complaint offices are accessible, transparent, and fair tools for justice.

Our Law Fellows will support Accountability Counsel’s collaboration with communities around the world in their complaints to accountability mechanisms, as well as policy work toward improvement of accountability mechanisms. Law Fellows will work on legal research assignments and fact memos, and will participate in meetings with community members, international institutions, and NGO colleagues. We expect students to work at least 10 hours per week.

For more information, click here.

Application Launch for 2015-2016 White House Fellows

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We are pleased to support the White House Fellows program in announcing that the 2015-2016 White House Fellows application officially launches online on November 1, 2014! Open season is from November 1, 2014 to January 15, 2015.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and over the course of nine presidential administrations – four Democrat and five Republican – the nonpartisan White House Fellows program has become the nation’s premier fellowship for public service and leadership. The program’s mission is to expose Fellows to first-hand, high-level experience in the Federal government. The program consists of a full-time work placement in the offices of Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House staff, and other high-ranking Administration officials. During a year in Washington, DC, Fellows also participate in a robust education program designed to provide a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of the Federal government. It is an extraordinary year that yields a lifetime of rewards.

Learn more about the White House Fellows program here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund National Headquarters Seeking Summer Interns

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The Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund is offering summer internships for law students. Primarily, summer interns assist attorneys with investigation, research and drafting in ongoing cases, prospective cases, and amicus curiae briefs, in all areas of sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination. Interns may also research, draft, and/or edit publications on these issues for public education, and will assist in maintenance and expansion of resources for our national legal Help Desk.

For more information, click here.

University of Minnesota Center for New Americans Clinical Teaching Fellowship, Position Open Until Filled

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The University of Minnesota Law School is seeking applicants for a clinical teaching fellowship beginning fall 2015 with the Center for New Americans. The Center for New Americans is a comprehensive immigration law center composed of the three interrelated clinics: The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, The Detainee Rights Clinic, and the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, as well as an education and outreach program. The Law School currently offers twenty-two clinical courses with a broad diversity of subject matters. Thirteen in-house clinical faculty members and nineteen part-time adjunct instructors teach in the program. The Law School is committed to providing national leadership in clinical education and to ensure that students be prepared for the increasing complexities of legal practice in a diverse community.

For more information, click here.

National Employment Law Project (NELP) Seeking Summer Legal Interns in New York City, Due 12/15

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The National Employment Law Project (www.nelp.org) is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies – including community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, worker centers, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks – to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research and education, supporting worker
organizing, and engaging in strategic communications.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking dynamic law students for our 2015 summer legal internship program in New York City.  With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, NELP’s approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century.

For complete details, click here.

Attention 3Ls! Projects Selected for the 2014-2015 Emerging Leader Fellowship

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Welcome to the Emerging Leader Fellowship (ELF) application process!   If you are not familiar with this fellowship program, we encourage you to visit the Stoneleigh Foundation at www.stoneleighfoundation.org.

We have selected six (6) projects of non-profit organizations in Philadelphia which can provide an opportunity for an Emerging Leader Fellow to contribute to improving life outcomes for vulnerable children and youth.  The fellowship term is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Stanford Law School Seeking Research Fellow, Due 12/7/14

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Assist with the research of Professors John J. Donohue, Daniel Ho, Daniel Kessler, and Alison Morantz at Stanford Law School.  Designed for graduating seniors or recent college graduates, fellowships provide a unique opportunity for those considering graduate school, law school, and/or business school in the future.

Prior Research Fellows have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and MIT, and law school at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia.  They have been drawn from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including economics, political science, applied math, public policy, statistics, and computer science.

Successful applicants will be matched with a specific professor based on background and interests.  As full-time Stanford University employees, fellows will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, including full medical and dental insurance, access to campus athletic and academic facilities, paid vacation time, professional development funds, and the capacity to audit Stanford courses and attend on-campus lectures and seminars free of charge.

For more details, click here.

Legal Momentum Seeking Legal Intern, Due 12/31/14

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Legal Momentum: The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund was founded as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1970. Legal Momentum advances the rights of women and girls by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy. We are the oldest national women’s rights legal advocacy organization, with a rich history in litigation and public policy development. We have worked to enact, expand, and enforce many of the most important laws and policies that affect women, including employment rights under Title VII, educational equity under Title IX, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA.)

 

Legal Momentum strives to provide its legal interns with a stimulating and diversified clinical experience. In the past, Legal Momentum interns have participated in both litigation and other projects, performing such duties as researching and drafting legal memoranda and briefspreparing Congressional testimony, drafting model legislation, screening potential cases for Legal Momentum involvement, and drafting informational pamphlets on legal topics.  Applicants should expect most of their work to involve legal research and writing. Interns are also encouraged to participate in regular meetings of the legal staff, as well as meetings with other groups.

For more information, click here.

Curious What Others Did This Summer? Come Join Us For the First SJT of the Year!

September 30: Social Justice Tuesday Presents What I Did Last Summer in Public Service Law

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Student Panel:

  • Jordan Taren: Columbia Legal Services
  • Amanda Dalmendray: U.S. Dept. of Labor
  • Crys R. O’Grady: Judicial Internship-Northern District of Alabama
  • AnnaRae Goethe: Open Society Foundation (Budapest)

Learn about public service “real world” experiences from students who have experienced it firsthand.

  • How did they find their jobs?
  • How did they fund their summers?
  • What did they learn?

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, September 29, 2014.

September 30: Presidential Management Fellows Applicant Information Session Webcast

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3:30 – 4:30 PM EST

A one-time Applicant Information Session that will focus on a general overview of the PMF Program, the 2015 PMF application, and a panel of current Fellows offering their advice and experiences.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation.

The webcast will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

October 1: Mission Possible – Choose the Future of Your Practice

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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
12:00 – 4:00 PM
Online Only

Mission Possible: Choose the Future of Your Practice highlights the latest trends, tools, best practices and practical tips for you to adapt and thrive in the changing legal profession. This half-day online symposium offers inspiration and real world examples for retooling your practice, organized by 3 major themes: The New Legal Market & the New Practitioner, Smart Marketing and Emerging Business Models.

Click here to view the agenda.

To register, click here.

October 2: Latino Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) Law Student Welcome Potluck

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October 8: Presidential Management Fellowship Q&A Webcast Session on 2015 Applications

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1:30 – 3:30 PM EST

A question and answer session where applicants may submit questions regarding the 2015 PMF application cycle.

The webcast will be conducted on-line through Adobe Connect and will have dedicated PMF Program Office staff to answer questions.  Applicants can connect at http://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat/ and select “Enter as a Guest.”  Please note, the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

Adobe Connect computer capability can be tested beforehand by going to http://opm.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.  Adobe Connect is also supported on mobile devices.  For more information, please visit http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect/mobile-meetings.html.

As a reminder, these webcasts are intended for applicants planning to apply to the 2015 PMF application.  General information about the PMF Program can be found on the PMF website at www.pmf.gov

October 17-18: Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference

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Friday-Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2014
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Stanford Law School’s 15th annual Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference will be held on October 17 and 18, 2014.  Shaking the Foundations brings the progressive community together to discuss issues within the movement, explore the role of young lawyers, and encourage attendees to work toward social and environmental justice.  We are excited to feature civil rights advocate Professor Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, as our keynote speaker at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 17.

Shaking the Foundations is a two-day conference that will feature a series of panels and workshops on a broad range of progressive topics.  Panel topics for this year include victim empowerment, environmental justice, immigration, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, international human rights, and community organizing to reform the criminal justice system.

View the conference schedule here. Register online here.

Note: Early bird registration (from now until October 1st) is $8.  Housing is guaranteed for the first thirty registrants who request it, and we will do our best to accommodate more people if necessary.  

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves and Start Applying! Plenty of Entry-Level Attorney & Policy Positions Opening Up.

Attention Recent Grads! Grays Harbor County Seeking Entry-Level Prosecuting Attorney. Deadline: 8/1

GraysHarborCountylogoThe Grays Harbor County Prosecuting Attorneys Office is accepting applications for an entry level deputy prosecutor whose primary responsibility will be to prosecute cases in District Court.

Duties: The deputy prosecuting attorney prosecutes, on behalf of the State of Washington and Grays Harbor County, all felonies, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors and probation violations in Superior Court and District Court, including infractions in Juvenile Court and traffic infractions through the District Courts, at the discretion of the duly elected or appointed Prosecuting Attorney. This includes evaluation, filing and preparation of the case through trial and sentencing, and the handling of all appeals concerning that case.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund in NYC Seeks Fall Legal Interns. Act Fast! Rolling Deadline.

lambda-legal-logoLambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks a law student for Fall semester internship.

Lambda Legal is the nation’s oldest and largest legal organization committed to achieving full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy and education work encompasses a wide range of areas, including federal and state constitutional law issues, discrimination in employment, benefits, housing, insurance, schools and other areas, harassment and violence, antigay ballot initiatives, access to healthcare and HIV-related treatments, child custody, visitation and adoption, the freedom to marry and sodomy law reform.

Responsibilities The intern will assist primarily with Lambda Legal’s Fair Courts Project. This internship will not offer any opportunity to be directly involved with any aspects of litigation.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! WSDOT’s and Intergovernmental &Tribal Relations Office  Seeks Two Legislative Analysts in Olympia

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Position Profile: Currently the Washington State Department of Transportation Intergovernmental and Tribal Relations office is seeking two Legislative Analysts (Management Analyst 4) to work closely with state, federal and tribal governments on a variety of transportation policy and funding issues. This work will not only include working with approximately 35 internally designative legislative coordinators, but also allow for exposure to policy analysis and research, interaction with executive level staff and a high degree of exposure to professional, high level, time sensitive work.
As a Legislative Analyst the future incumbents will be helping to coordinate the agency request legislation process and review, and respond to daily calls and emails from legislators and staff requesting information. These positions deal with ongoing, critical and time sensitive research, problem solving, reports, and white paper writing. The positions are also responsible for providing support to the Director and Tribal Liaison as the team works with state, federal and tribal governments on a variety of transportation policy and funding issues.
The ideal candidates will have a passion for both state and federal legislation, a high degree of initiative, and excellent writing skills. These positions act as a representative to our agency and will be working on building and maintaining collaborative relationships, so diplomacy and tactful communication skills are a must have. This role is unique in our Agency. It requires an attention to detail and dedication to getting the job done, within a fast-paced atmosphere. It may not always be your typical nine to five but the reward is high. Due to the nature of the legislative session extra hours may be required.   These positions are eligible for overtime and flexible work schedules will also be an option to provide work-life balance.
If you have the potential and drive for these positions, accept this challenge, the experience and exposure to government is well worth the effort put in. For full job description and application instructions please click here.

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Seeks Fall Intern for Delegation to UN in NYC. Deadline: 7/31

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Job Description: In partnership with 178 member organizations in over 100 countries, the FIDH New York office is responsible for advocacy initiatives targeted at the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and the Secretariat of the United Nations, as well as the U.S. government in Washington, DC.

FIDH-New York’s activities include:

• Developing advocacy strategies to protect and promote human rights in crisis situations (for example: Mali, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, & Haiti) and on thematic issues (for example: the protection of human rights while countering terrorism, fighting impunity for international crimes and human rights violations

• Bringing local human rights defenders (from Indonesia, Belarus, Afghanistan, etc.) to New York and Washington for advocacy meetings with senior UN and government officials

• Analyzing UN policies and programs and developing and presenting recommendations to strengthen the work of the UN in upholding human rights

Intern’s responsibilities:

Based on your background and expertise, you will be assigned several thematic and country portfolios for which you will be the lead researcher in the FIDH-NY intern team. For each of your portfolios you will be asked to:

• closely follow and keep FIDH informed of international news developments, as well as relevant decisions and statements by UN member states, UN representatives, and government officials around the world;
• participate in related meetings with diplomatic missions and UN officials, and provide short internal reports to international FIDH offices;
• help organize visits and advocacy meetings for human rights defenders coming to New York and Washington, DC to meet with government and UN officials;
• contribute to the development of advocacy strategies and campaigns.

You will work as part of the FIDH-NY intern team, contributing to research and advocacy on a variety of topics beyond those assigned to you.

Depending on your skills and interest level, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of FIDH through a special project to be determined by you and your supervisor. Previous interns have developed media strategies for advocacy campaigns, or have written research reports on topics such as the protection of human rights in the global fight against terrorism.

Qualifications:

– Ideal candidate will possess a good working knowledge of current affairs, international human rights laws and conventions, and international relations (preferably working toward an advanced degree in any of these areas)
– Familiarity with UN mechanisms and international human rights instruments strongly preferred
– Written and oral fluency in English is necessary. Fluency in another UN language (Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and preferably French) is an asset
– Attention to detail and good written and oral communication skills are highly valued

Salary:  As a non-profit organization, we cannot offer remuneration for this position. However, an FIDH internship provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to advocacy and policy development at the United Nations, to collaborate with several renowned NGOs and human rights defenders, to attend meetings and events at the UN, and to contribute to the promotion of human rights around the world.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this internship, please send the following documents:

– A cover letter,
– A copy of your resume/CV, and
– A writing sample (maximum 5 pages), preferably on the topic of human rights or international affairs with the subject line: ‘FIDH-NY Internship Candidate’, to Ms. Stephanie David at: sdavid@fidh.org

Attention Recent Grads! Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society Seeks Research Fellow. Deadline: Rolling

CISlogoNetwork Neutrality Fellow: The Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society (CIS) seeks a full-time residential Research Fellow to conduct legal and policy analysis on network neutrality. The individual will work closely with CIS’s Director, Professor Barbara van Schewick, a leading expert on network neutrality.

Duties include: • Researching, writing and editing comments to the FCC, policy papers, reports, blog posts, and other pieces of publishable quality, individually and collaboratively; • Researching current legal and policy issues in network neutrality; • Preparing materials, including one-pagers and visuals, to help inform stakeholders about key issues; presenting ideas and conclusions in small and large meetings; • Organizing and contributing to meetings and events; • Opportunity to contribute to fundraising efforts; and • Engaging in the intellectual life of the Center and Stanford Law School.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC Seeks Fall Legal Interns for Gov’t Misconduct/Racial Justice Project and International Human Rights Project. Deadline: Rolling through 7/25.

CCR logoThe Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) seeks experienced second or third-year law students or LLM students with a strong commitment to social justice to provide legal research and analysis as part of a semester-long unpaid internship opportunity. CCR is a national not-for-profit legal, educational, and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.  CCR’s legal internships are part of CCR’s Bertha Justice Institute (BJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation.  The BJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, the summer Ella Baker Program, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with CCR attorneys on a range of projects, particularly related to policing practices, prisoners’ rights, immigration, racial discrimination, and national security issues.  The intern will spend 10-20 hours per week between September and December 2014 assisting attorneys on projects. This position is also open to students seeking full-time semester-long externships.

For complete information and application instructions for the Gov’t Misconduct/Racial Justice Internship please click here.

For complete information and application instructions for the International Human Rights Internship please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Statewide Poverty Action Network is Hiring! Deadline: Rolling through 7/18. Act Fast!

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Poverty Action is looking for passionate people who want to work for justice by helping people unlock their voice and their power!

We are looking to hire a Public Policy Campaign Manager & an Operations and Communications Specialist!

We’re hunting for folks who want to work with a stellar team dedicated to community organizing and innovative policy to end poverty. The position is based at our HQ in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and will travel frequently to visit with our amazing members across Washington and to have some #realtalk with lawmakers in Olympia.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining the state’s largest anti-poverty organization, we hope to see your application! We are an organization committed to anti-oppression in all levels and aspects of our work and encourage people across all expressions of gender, sexuality, class, race, and music tastes to apply.

Poverty Action’s parent agency is Solid Ground and we use their HR policies. Click here for the Public Policy Campaign Manager job description, click here for the Operations and Communications Specialist job description.  Then, make sure to also complete the application for the Campaign Manager position or complete this application for the Operations and Communications Specialist. We’re hoping to hire quickly, please make sure to submit your application by Friday July, 18 at 5:00 pm.

Attention Recent Grads! CAIR Washington Seeks Civil Rights Manager. Act Fast: Rolling Deadline through 7/21!

CAIRThe Washington State chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is seeking an ambitious, goal-driven and highly organized professional for the key Civil Rights Manager full-time position. JDs are encouraged to apply! Our civil rights department responds to complaints from members of the Muslim community about civil rights violations, and develops response strategies to deliver positive societal changes with every case.  Learn about CAIR-WA’s work through our web site www.cairseattle.org our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cairwashington and national YouTube channel www.youtube.com/cairtv

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.