API Chaya, Equal Justice Works partner organizations hiring student interns

Due May 12, paid: API Chaya hiring legal intern for fall and winter 

API Chaya LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017
API Chaya hiring legal intern. The Legal Intern’s duties will include: Supporting advocates to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law); accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings; working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors; working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants; possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours; other tasks as assigned.
The Intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors. Time Frame: A minimum of six months commitment works best for our organization. This internship runs between September 2017 and June 2018. An intern should be able to commit 10-20 hours a week, for a total of 250-500 hours. Compensation: A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to arpan@apichaya.org by May 12, 2017.

Due May 19: Legal Aid Society New York hiring for staff attorney for civil practice

Application Deadlines: Friday, May 19, 2017

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice has an opening for a DV/Immigration staff attorney position in the Family/DV Project of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office. The attorney must have at least three years’ experience in immigration law. The Family/DV Project provides comprehensive direct legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in a broad range of civil matters, including orders of protection, divorces, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property rights, disability, housing, public benefits, health, employment, and immigration. The DV/Immigration staff attorney is expected to represent clients in all five boroughs primarily in immigration matters, including VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, asylum applications, and T and U-visas, as well as represent clients in multiple venues, including Immigration, Supreme, Family, and the Integrated Domestic Violence Courts. The attorney is required to work with Family/DV Project partners and community-based organizations in a city-wide collaboration to provide reciprocal referrals, training, case consultation, clinics, outreach and joint community education on various issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. The attorney will also be required to provide outreach at various off-site locations. The attorney will also actively participate in Citywide and Statewide committees and task forces on immigration and DV issues.

Apply and learn more here. 

Due May 24: KCBA Housing Justice Project hiring managing attorney

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Applications sent in before Wednesday, May 24, 2017 will be given priority

Under the supervision of the Director of Pro Bono Services (PBS), the Housing Justice Project (HJP) Managing Attorney is responsible for Housing Justice Project operations in Seattle and Kent, Washington. HJP is a court-based homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer-based legal services to low-income tenants facing eviction in King County. The HJP program is a vital part of the Pro Bono Services programs, the largest provider of volunteer legal services in Washington State. The HJP Managing Attorney’s office is in Seattle, but frequent travel to Kent is necessary. This is a full time, 40 hour per week, exempt position.

The HJP Managing Attorney is responsible for program management which includes planning, organizing, operation, and evaluation of HJP.  The individual in this position works closely with Director of PBS on the development of HJP programs and establishment of program priorities. As a member of the PBS Leadership Team and a senior staff member of the King County Bar Association, the HJP Managing Attorney actively participates in departmental and organization planning and represents HJP, PBS and KCBA in the wider legal and social services community.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Equal Justice Works organizations still hiring

EJW LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

If students are still looking for positions this summer, they should check out our list of over 100 organizations currently seeking candidates. There, we’ve prepared sample emails for the students to send to the organizations to inquire about the program and to get the details on each site’s enrollment process.

Apply and learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project hiring for Foreclosure Prevention Unit

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (“VLP”) has an exciting opportunity for an attorney admitted to practice in New York State to serve as a Staff Attorney in its Foreclosure Prevention Unit. Litigation experience and/or experience representing litigants in foreclosure matters is preferred but not required. Experience with low-income clients, and familiarity with public benefits, bankruptcy, consumer debt, and housing law is helpful but not required. We value strong organizational, interpersonal, communication, writing and computer skills. Fluency in another language besides English is helpful, but not required.

Apply and learn more here.

Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Echoing Green, AmeriCorps… Oh My! Navigating Public Interest Fellowships

March 31: Global Mondays: Truth, Justice and Reparation in Northern Ireland

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Monday, Mar. 31, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, Gates Hall RM 117 (unless noted)

Hosted by UW Law Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the PhD Program, and the Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center

“Dealing with the Past: Narrating Truth in Northern Ireland”

Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland

In truth telling processes in transitional societies, such as Northern Ireland, mechanisms established to find the truth, such as truth commissions, endeavour to find a common narrative emerging about the causes of conflict. At the same time, there is now evidence that such processes also create silences; some narratives are not fully represented. This lecture will provide some background on the conflict in Northern Ireland and how such a meta-conflict situation has given rise to conflicts over memories of state.

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April 1: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Post Graduate Fellowships

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Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker: Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

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Trying to make sense of the all the fellowships out there? Get vital resources and learn about the different types of fellowships for recent law grads with experience and passion for social justice and public interest law. 1Ls and 2Ls are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, March 31.

April 2-3: Clinics Information Fair

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April 7: Global Mondays, LGBT Rights Internationally: Russia, India, Uganda, Nigeria and Beyond

Monday, Apr. 7, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 127
Speakers from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is the Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. As the first researcher on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights at Human Rights Watch, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy around sexual orientation and gender identity in countries including Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. She holds a masters degree in human rights from the London School of Economics. She is frequently quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Al Jazeera English, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France Presse, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, The Guardian and The BBC.

Grace Poore

Grace Poore, from Malaysia, has been the Regional Program Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific Islands at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) since 2007.  She develops the work in Asia, oversees multi-country projects on human rights documentation and advocacy in Asia, and conducts trainings.  She co-wrote the video “Courage Unfolds” about LGBT activism in Asia and the Yogyakarta Principles.  Ms. Poore holds a Masters degree from Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications.  She is currently working on a report about violence against lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people in five Asian countries.

May 5: Gates Public Service Law Speaker Series: Professor Thomas Buergenthal Speaking on “Becoming an International Judge via the Holocaust”

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Monday, May 5, 2014
4:30 – 5:30 PM, RM 133
Reception to follow at the Burke Museum

Thomas Buergenthal is the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at George Washington University. He came to the United States at the age of 17. He spent the first 11 years of his life in various German camps and is one of the youngest survivors of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Considered one of the world’s leading international human rights experts, Professor Buergenthal was a Judge and President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as well as President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Inter-American Development. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and UN Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is a member of the Ethics  Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José.

Co-Sponsors: The Jackson School, the UW Center for Human Rights, Hillel, and the  Jewish Studies Department. 

Reception Sponsored by the Gates Public Service Law Program and the UW Center for Human Rights. (Sponsorship of this event by the University of Washington School of Law and the W.H. Gates Public Service law Program does not imply endorsement.)

RSVP via Symplicity or email.

Upcoming Diversity Week Events & Events Supporting DV Survivors

February 25: Social Justice Tuesday: Public Interest Private Firms

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Passionate about public interest?  Curious about how private firm work can fit with your values?

Join us for an engaging panel discussion with attorneys working for plaintiff-side public interest firms working on issues such as labor and employment, environmental protection, consumer and civil rights.

Featuring:
Lorena Gonzalez, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
Jennifer Robbins, Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt
David Leen, Leen & O’Sullivan
Marcus Pearson, Plauché & Carr

February 26: You’re Invited to Attend “Diversity on the Bench”

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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
UW School of Law, RM 115
4:00 – 5:00 PM

Come hear federal and state judges share their thoughts about the value of diversity on the bench. The panelists are Justice Susan Owens, Chief Judge J. Robert Leach and Judge Mariane Spearman.

RSVP via Symplicity or by email.

February 27: Free Student Debt Relief Webinar hosted by Equal Justice Works

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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM EST (12:00 – 1:00 PM PST)

Borrowers with federal loans should also understand their options for relief, including the opportunity to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Our free webinar, Drowning in Debt? How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 3 – 4 p.m. EST.

March 6: API Chaya Invites You to Join Its 19th Annual Candelight Vigil: “Kapwa: Seeking Resiliency and Healing through Our Shared Survivorship”

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API Chaya’s 19th Annual Candlelight Vigil in honor of Susana Remarata Blackwell, Phoebe Dizon, and Veronica Laureta
Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please join API Chaya in honoring lives lost to domestic and sexual violence through personal narratives and cultural performances. “Kapwa” is derived from a Tagalog (Filipino) word meaning, “the shared interconnectedness among and between beings; seeing yourself in another person.” By seeing the self in a survivor, it is possible to gain a sense of communal resiliency and accountability. Please join us in ceremony, as we heal and support one another through our shared interconnection of survivorship.

For full details, visit the facebook event page here.

April 10-11: You’re Invited to Medical-Legal Partnership Summit in Seattle, Discounted Registration Rate 2/28

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Thursday, April 10 – Friday, April 11, 2014
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, WA

The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is very pleased to be hosting the Medical-Legal Partnership Summit on April 10-11, 2014 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.  MLP?s mission is to build a better healthcare team that can identify, treat and prevent the health-harming legal needs of patients, clinics and populations.

MLP helps people who have lost income or benefits; families who are struggling to maintain housing; and parents who can?t get the services their children need at school.  MLP trains medical providers and social workers to identify legal needs and intervene and advocates on systemic issues to change policies.  We integrate legal assistance into patient care and take a patient-to-policy approach.

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership brings together hundreds of leaders in healthcare, law, public health and government to share ideas, insights and best practices about how to integrate health and legal care for vulnerable people.  The Summit will focus on medical-legal partnership in the era of health reform.  Themes will address medical-legal partnership as a mechanism for better healthcare delivery (related to prevention and outcomes), interprofessional education and population health change.

Click here to see the Summit agenda.

Click here to register.  Discount registration deadline is February 28, 2014.

May 22: Save the Date! 4th Annual Eastside Legal Assistance Project Breakfast for Justice

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 AM
Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Please join our distinguished host committee for the 4th Annual ELAP Breakfast for Justice as we celebrate our 25th year of service to the community, and help support legal services for survivors of domestic violence and low income families.

Keynote Speaker: Kathy Lambert, King County Councilmember

In her keynote address, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert will share details of the many difficult steps and treacherous leaps of her  journey from domestic violence victim to successful survivor. The former Washington State Legislator will also offer insight into the roles the judiciary and attorneys played in her experience–including the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Register online here.