TeamChild hosting pro bono opportunity for UW Law students

Please Welcome Huy Nguyen: UW Law’s New Assistant Director for Public Service

UW Law LogoThe W. H. Gates Public Service Law Program and Student and Career Services is excited to announce that Huy C. Nguyen is joining the Gates PSL Program as our new Assistant Director. Huy has worked as a staff attorney with the Northwest Justice Project since 2000.  He has conducted trainings and presentations on a variety of issues to diverse local communities and has taught courses on Public Benefits and Introduction to Practice at SU School of Law and will teach Poverty Law at UW Law this Spring. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Peace for the Streets, for Kids from the Streets.  Huy is a proud double dawg and obtained his J.D. from UW Law in 2000.

In addition to having a wealth of experience supervising and mentoring law students, Huy has deep ties to the public service legal community as well as with pro bono partners in the private sector and a commitment to advancing the mission of the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program. As Assistant Director, Huy will provide career coaching and academic advising to our Gates Scholars as well as other law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest and public service law. He will also lead trainings and workshops on a variety of public service law issues. Finally, he will be administering the Gates Scholarship and  Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.

Decoding the Law: The Death Penalty in Three Parts

WSBA LogoThe Washington State Bar Association invites you to Decoding the Law, a community justice forum to discuss timely and relevant legal topics.  Join for the series kickoff, “The Death Penalty in Three Parts,” featuring leading academics and legal practitioners who provide an overview of the death penalty, its financial implications, and the question of disproportionate impacts. This three-part series takes place at the WSBA Conference Center. The Decoding the Law series will be available via live webcast and recorded for viewing after each event.

Part One takes place from noon until 1 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Learn more here

Pro Bono Opportunity with TeamChild for UW Law students 

Team Child LogoApplication Deadline: 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In partnership with the UW Chapter of Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), TeamChild seeks four law student volunteers to work directly with its staff attorneys on sex offender registration removal cases. The volunteers’ work will involve legal research, managing discovery and records, and drafting pleadings.

Apply and learn more here.

Due March 10: Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards 

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The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is open! Every year, we honor law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to our  Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! Students can apply directly or be nominated by others. You can email us at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Paid public internship opportunities for 1Ls in California, New York, and more

Due Feb. 1: Bilingual Staff Attorney position with NWIRP

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual attorney (with a preference for a Spanish-speaking attorney) to provide direct representation and other forms of legal assistance in immigration matters. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation; (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will provide legal representation in various immigration matters, but will focus on assisting individuals facing removal proceedings.

Learn more here

Due Feb. 9: NASA at Kennedy Space Center Office of Chief Counsel

nasaApplication Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

The Office of the Chief Counsel at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is a dynamic, interesting, and spirited law practice comprising 20 legal professionals who, as a cohesive and collegial organization, provide the full range of legal advice and legal services for NASA’s programs and operations at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. We are an industrious team of public servants who are focused on results while embracing camaraderie, cooperation, mutual respect, diversity, sound perspective, a sense of humor, passion for the practice of law, and compassion for each other. As an added benefit, you would be joining an agency ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government.

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic law school interns. If you want an internship in a dynamic environment that is both exceptionally challenging and rewarding, then come join the NASA legal team at Kennedy Space Center where you will have an opportunity to use your current skills, build new ones, and make valuable contributions to the Office of the Chief Counsel.

Learn more and get application instructions here

Due Feb. 16: Open Society Foundations needs legal research intern

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The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to protect and empower people around the world. Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, we strive to secure legal remedies for human rights abuses, and promote effective enforcement of the rule of law. Our efforts focus on accountability for international crimes, racial discrimination and statelessness, criminal justice reform, abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, the promotion of freedom of information and expression, and combating natural resource–related corruption.

The Open Society Justice Initiative invites current law school and other advanced degree graduate students to apply to join our team as Legal Research Interns in our New York, Washington, D.C. and Budapest offices. With close supervision by an assigned mentor, interns will learn about the various tools available for researching issues, engaging in oral and written persuasive techniques, and drafting reports and legal memoranda related to human rights related advocacy in the areas of focus of the Justice Initiative.

Apply here

Due Feb. 17, paid: Summer Associate position with the Alliance for Justice

alliance-for-justiceApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

The Alliance for Justice is seeking law school student applicants for paid and self-funded positions in the summer of 2017.  Summer Associates are expected to work full time (40 hours) over the course of a ten week period.
 
Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy.  For more than 30 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, children’s, senior citizens’ and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have our voice heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.
 
Apply and learn more here. 

Due Feb. 28, paid: California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. seeks summer law fellow

crlaApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) is seeking a law school fellow for a 10- week summer position with CRLA’s LGBT Program. The LGBT Program addresses the intersections of race, immigration status, and poverty within the framework of advancing rural LGBT rights. The program engages in direct legal representation and other innovative forms of legal advocacy that leverage collaborations with a range of rural stakeholders. The LGBT Program Summer Law fellow will work under the supervision of the LGBT Program Director to provide direct legal services and support litigation and other systemic advocacy. Priority types of legal cases include petitions for U, T, and VAWA non-immigrant status, employment discrimination cases, education rights cases, and legal name and gender petitions. The law clerk may request to be placed in any one of CRLA’s office locations, and the LGBT program will strive to accommodate the law clerk’s preferred location.

Learn more and apply here.  

Rolling Deadline: Summer internship position with Team Child

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Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s network of organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders, and of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to promote practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

Apply and learn more here

Due March 3: Attention 3Ls! Apply for a Stoneleigh Fellowship

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The Stoneleigh Foundation provides a unique opportunity for leading practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to advance reforms in the systems that serve vulnerable young people – such as juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and health.  Over the past ten years, our Fellows have developed new approaches to program design and delivery, changed how systems work together to better meet the needs of youth, and generated new knowledge through action-oriented research.

Apply and learn more here

Rolling Deadline: Policy Manager position with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration

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The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is a racial justice and migrant rights organization which engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building in order to strengthen a national movement to end racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement in African American and Black immigrant communities. BAJI’s headquarters are in Brooklyn, NY and we have additional offices in Oakland, CA, Atlanta, GA, and Los Angeles, CA. Position Summary: The Policy Manager will engage elected officials, policy advocates, and other stakeholders in challenging mass criminalization and unjust enforcement of immigration laws as well as rules and regulations that undermine the welfare of immigrants.

Learn more and apply here. 

Rolling Deadline, paid: Internship opportunity with Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

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The newly established Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is looking for its inaugural class of summer legal interns. We want creative, motivated, and committed law students to join us in the defense of the freedoms of speech and the press. You’ll get to do ground-breaking First Amendment litigation and to help us in the early stages of building an exciting new free-speech advocacy and research organization.

Your primary responsibility as a legal intern will be to support our litigation. You’ll work alongside the Institute’s attorneys on all aspects of our litigation, including the exploration of new lawsuits, the research and analysis of legal questions, the development of litigation strategy, and the drafting of factual and legal memoranda, affidavits, and briefs.

Apply and learn more here

UW School of Law hiring Assistant Director

Dec. 13, paid: ABA Commission on Disability Rights and Traveler’s Insurance internship

travelersApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

The goal of the Summer Legal Internship Program is to hire and develop high potential candidates into attorney positions at Travelers. Summer legal interns have the opportunity to work directly with seasoned attorneys during the summer months and conduct research, draft briefs and motions, and observe proceedings in various courts.

Application Process: Please visit the website at  and if interested apply to one or both of the position IDs below: 9259BR – Legal Intern – Corporate and/or 9260BR – Legal Intern – Claim

Dec. 14, paid: Silbert Fellow internship in Wash., D.C. with the Council for Court Excellence

cceApplication Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

The Silbert Fellowship is named for Earl J. Silbert, former president of the Council for Court Excellence, and is awarded to an individual studying at the graduate level who demonstrates a passion for improving the justice system as exemplified by Mr. Silbert throughout his career.

The Council for Court Excellence is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization that works to improve the administration of justice in the local and federal courts and related agencies in the District of Columbia. CCE identifies lasting solutions that help fulfill the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Application Process: Find application instructions here.

Dec. 15: Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy Staff Attorney

waaaApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA) is an exciting organization that does cutting edge work on behalf of individuals with ASD/DD and their families. You could be part of this amazing work!

The Staff Attorney will advocate for individuals with ASD/DD, specifically addressing the current lack of access to medically necessary treatments faced by individuals participating in Apple Health (Washington’s Medicaid program). Candidates must demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of systemic aspects of healthcare and health insurance disparity for individuals with disabilities, as well as an understanding of the issues related to individuals with ASD/DD, mental health and family services.

Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Jan. 1: Criminal Defense internship with the Legal Aid Society

legal-aid-societyApplication Deadline: Jan. 1, 2017

The Legal Aid Society has an extensive internship program for law students interested in the Criminal Defense Practice. Intern positions are unpaid. Full time and part time internships are available. Many staff attorneys at the Society are former law school interns.

The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice is the largest public defender program in the country and serves as the primary provider of indigent defense services in New York City. The Criminal Practice handles a total of more than 230,000 cases each year with a staff of 800, including approximately 550 staff attorneys, supervising attorneys and management attorneys and nearly 270 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support and administrative staff.

Application Process: Click here to apply.

Rolling Deadline: Children’s Rights Project Staff Attorney in LA

Public Counsel LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Public Counsel Law Center is proud to announce a full-time staff attorney position in the Transition Age Foster Youth Advocacy (TAFY) Unit of the Children’s Rights Project.

The Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY) Unit works with current and former foster and probation youth, ages 13 to 24, to eliminate the barriers that keep youth from graduating high school and pursuing higher education and help the youth get on a stable path toward success.  Our interdisciplinary social work/legal team provides holistic and intensive services on a range of issues, including access to education, government benefits (including DCFS and DPSS benefits like ILP, bus passes, SILP, CalWORKS, Food Stamps, MediCal, etc), housing advocacy, tickets, sealing records/expungements, consumer/trade school debt, name changes, civil harassment and domestic violence restraining orders, and family law. We will also provide legal assistance on other issues on a case by case basis.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Team Child Staff Attorney

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Application Deadline: Open until filled, application review begins Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney based out of our Seattle/King County office to lead our Reentry and Post-Disposition team. Legal representation at the critical stages of reentry planning and release can prevent homelessness, ensure educational continuity, and maintain a youth’s health and well-being. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth and young adults returning to the community after a period of incarceration. Advocacy will focus on reentry planning and breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports. Activities include legal advice and/or representation in administrative or judicial proceedings, negotiations or other dispute resolution processes, and collaboration with and referrals to community providers.

The Reentry and Post-Disposition staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities, including offering training and consulting to community partners, and advancing policy solutions that will promote the long-term success of these young people. This job involves significant travel in order to meet with clients in their home communities or in institutions.

Application process: Application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: UW School of Law hiring Gates PSL Assistant Director

UW Law LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Under the direction of the Gates PSL Director, the Assistant Director will provide specialized public service career coaching and academic advising to Gates Scholars and other law students and graduates who wish to pursue public service law pathways. This includes providing individualized and group coaching/advising sessions; developing, organizing, facilitating, leading presentations, workshops, panels and trainings related to public service law pathways as well as other topics including equity and inclusion, professionalism and leadership development; engaging in strategic outreach and relationship building with public service legal employers locally and nationally; as well as fostering and supporting leadership opportunities for students and student organizations with regard to various public service activities and initiatives, and working in collaboration with other faculty and staff in the equity, justice and inclusion communities.

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Application Process: Learn more and apply here.

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Looking for Resume & Cover Letter Tips for Public Service Jobs & Internships?

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Well, look no further! Check out all the great resources from our UW Public Service Law Careers Reference Guide and also the comprehensive tips on PSJD.org.

Inter-American Human Rights System Nuts & Bolts

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What to learn more about the Inter-American Human Rights System? Check the revised edition of the International Justice Resource Center’s manual on Advocacy before the Inter-American System.

Civil Legal Aid Organization Feature: Team Child

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Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system. TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system.

TeamChild is a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s network of organizations providing civil legal aid to people in need. TeamChild is also a member of the Washington Defender Association (WDA), a statewide membership organization for public defenders, and of the National Juvenile Justice Network, which enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to promote practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

TeamChild’s work is grounded in our Core Values and commitment to making sure that we are all listening to young people’s perspectives and voices and including them in making decisions about their lives. The stakes for the youth we work with are high ‐without assistance to address their urgent needs, they may drop out of school, end up homeless, or incarcerated.  Legal services for youth are the core of our agency’s work and inform our outreach, trainings, and broader advocacy.

To learn more about Team Child click here.

Reports of Racism in US Justice System- News from ACLU Human Rights Program, NYC

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Earlier this week the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee, NAACP, and the ABA participated in a hearing initiated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Reports of Racism in the Justice System of the United States. The video of the hearing is available here. The ACLU of Michigan presented a powerful video testimony of Jewel Hall, mother of Milton Hall, an African American homeless man with mental disabilities who was killed in July 2012 by 8 police officers in a firing squad-type shooting. At the hearing, the DOJ was pressed to reopen their criminal civil rights investigation and to hold police officers accountable.  You can read more about this this case in the written submission of the ACLU of Michigan. In conjunction with this hearing the ACLU submitted a written statement on racial disparities in sentencing.

Finally, the IACHR’s Rapporteurship on the Rights of Persons of African Descent and against Racial Discrimination is in the process of developing a thematic study on race and criminal justice in the US. This thematic study presents a great opportunity for US civil society groups to engage with the IACHR on race and justice issues; it could also be a useful instrument for the Network and the CERD Task Force to maintain momentum in holding the US accountable for failure to fully implement the Race Convention and the last CERD concluding observations.

Learn more about the ACLU’s Racial Justice and Human Rights Program here.