Attention 3Ls! Positions Open with TDA and DOL Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  King County Defender Association Division Seeking Full Time Public Defense Attorney, Due 4/22

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The Defender Association Division of the King County Department of Public Defense seeks an experienced staff attorney to work full time. Since its inception in 1969, The Defender Association Division has undertaken not only to provide excellent representation to indigent clients, but also to address systemic inequities in the justice system.

Public defense attorneys provide legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, civil commitment and civil commitment of sexually violence predators. The scope of representation is defined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards are observed in accordance with WSBA guidelines. 

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

Attention 3Ls! U.S. Department of Labor Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board Seeking Law Clerk, Due 4/28

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The Employees’ Compensation appeals Board (ECAB), a United States Department of Labor appellate adjudicatory board, is seeking to hire a Law Clerk with a projected start date in May 2014. 

The ECAB, located at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C., hears appeals taken from determinations and awards under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) with respect to claims of federal employees injured in the course of their employment.  The decisions of the Board are made in accordance with its statutory mandate, based on a thorough review of the case record as compiled by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).  The ECAB has final ­authority to determine benefits payable with respect to the disability or death of federal employees injured in the scope of their employment.  There is no further administrative or judicial appeal of ECAB decisions.

The Law Clerk position is a two-year appointment at the GS-11, Step 1 level. The primary responsibilities of the Law Clerk is to review and analyze case records and arguments, conduct legal research, draft decisions and orders, and responses to motions. Familiarity and work experience with the ECAB and its procedures as well as the FECA is most desirable.

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

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls!  Paid Health Summer Internship with the Association of American Medical Colleges

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems; and 90 academic and scientific societies.  Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world’s most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions. The AAMC and our members are dedicated to the communities we serve and steadfast in our desire to earn and keep the public’s trust for the role we play in improving the nation’s health.

The AAMC’s Office of Legal Services is seeking a rising 3L (or exceptional rising 2L) for a legal clerkship. A clerkship with the Office of Legal Services provides students with a unique opportunity to work in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  Although we are a non-profit organization, the Office of Legal Services functions in much the same way that an in-house legal department would in a for-profit company.  Clerks will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, however, applicants should be aware that most litigation matters are not handled internally.

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

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls Interested in Appellate Public Defense! Backlund & Mistry Seeking Fall Legal Intern

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Small Olympia firm dedicated exclusively to appellate public defense is looking for a law student to help with research and writing.  We are simultaneously laid-back and passionate about doing an awesome job for our clients.  Extern will research issues and draft arguments for specific cases.  Extern will also research issues affecting the criminal justice system as a whole.  Extern will learn about appellate practice, legal writing, and issue-spotting.  Excellent experience for someone interested in either appellate or trial-level indigent defense.

We’re flexible about the number of hours per week and whether the extern works from our office, remotely, or a combination of the two.

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

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division Seeks Externs During 2014-2015 Year, Contact Esther Park if Interested

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The Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division is recruiting 1Ls and 2Ls for externships during the 2014-2015 school year.

This division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office provides legal services to the University of Washington. This division furnishes legal advice and representation across a wide scope of specialized areas, including healthcare, employment law, labor relations, student affairs, real estate, business law, intercollegiate athletics, public finance, bonds, intellectual property, tax, benefits, gifts and trusts, and constitutional law. The division’s mission is to serve the University of Washington — and the students, patients and citizens who benefit from its teaching, healthcare and research — by assuring that it receives legal advice and representation that meets the highest professional standards. The UW Division will take externs or volunteers on a part-time or full-time basis. Hours to be determined with supervising attorney.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.  If you are interested in the position, please contact Esther Park first before applying.

Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC Seeking Bilingual Immigration Legal Assistant – Chinese (Mandarin) and English, Due 5/15

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Chung, Malhas & Mantel, PLLC is seeking an immigration Legal Assistant/Paralegal that is fluent in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English.  currently the firm has a vacancy in its China practice department involving immigration and international law.

This is a fast paced position, so ability to multitask is a must and we desire applicants that can learn quickly and has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in immigration practice.

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

Attention Current 1Ls and 2Ls, or LLMs!  Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal Seeking Fall 2014 Clerk, Due 5/5

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Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal – a public interest law firm in the nation’s capital focused on federal impact litigation in the fields of environmental protection, public lands and natural resource conservation, biodiversity and animal law, and open government – is now accepting applications for Law Clerks for the fall 2014 semester.  Law Clerks assist with all aspects of litigation.  Law clerks may be 2L, 3L, or LLM students, or may be recent law school graduates looking for a temporary clerkship.

Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills are required. Law Clerks must be prepared to work in our office in Washington, DC. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and/or animal law.

Law Clerks typically arrange for class credit or public interest funding.  Those Law Clerks without funding will be compensated on a public interest pay scale commensurate with the nature of our practice.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls!  Washington State Office of the Attorney General, UW Division Extends Externship Deadline to 5/1

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This division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office provides legal services to the University of Washington. The University has campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma, enrolls over 50,000 students, employs over 40,000 individuals, and operates academic medical centers. Externs and volunteer law clerks to this division may have the opportunity to conduct legal research, draft client advice memoranda, participate in client meetings, attend court proceedings when available, draft or revise contracts, and attend client presentations.

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

Announcing Entry-Level Post Grad Positions Galore

Northwest Justice Project Hiring Staff Attorney for Homeless Legal Services Project in Tacoma

NJPThe Homeless Legal Services Project is a partnership between NJP, Pierce County Community Connections’ Homeless programs office, and local homeless services providers. The Project’s design is to provide civil legal assistance to homeless families that are targeted to resolve issues most likely to preserve existing housing or assist families in becoming re-housed. Areas of legal services delivery will involve publically subsidized and private landlord-tenant disputes; other housing-related problems including deposit, tenant screening, and credit check issues; public benefits and healthcare; consumer; background checks, other administrative disqualifications from employment, driver’s license reinstatement; and other issues experienced by homeless clients.

Applicants should have experience either in law practice or clinic settings in assisting low income, homeless, mentally ill, or similarly marginalized populations; a demonstrated commitment to equal justice for low income communities; and a desire to work in Pierce County, WA. This project is grant funded for a three-year period and any commitment to employment at the end of three years is dependent on grant renewal or the availability of other funds.

APPLICATIONS:  Email a cover letter, resume and references by August 23, 2013 to Bridgette Murphy: bridgettem@nwjustice.org re: Homeless Legal Services position. For complete application info and details please click here.

Disability Rights Washington Seeking Entry-Level Civil Litigation Attorney in Seattle

DRWDisability Rights Washington (DRW), a private non-profit organization advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, seeks a civil litigation attorney for an entry level position.  All candidates should have significant interest and experience in working with people with disabilities.

The attorney will conduct legal research, writing, and advocacy to support DRW’s class actions and other impact litigation.  Additionally, the attorney will work collaboratively with other DRW staff, co-counsel, and advocacy partners to engage in creative, multimodal advocacy strategies to achieve social justice for Washingtonians with psychiatric, developmental, sensory, and physical disabilities.

DRW is designated by the governor as the independent federally mandated protection and advocacy system for Washington State.  As such, DRW promotes, expands, and protects the human and civil rights of people with disabilities.

Excellent research and writing skills, academic performance, and references are required. Attorneys with disabilities and attorneys with bilingual fluency are strongly encouraged to apply. DRW is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline for submissions is August 12, 2013. For complete application instructions please click here.

Post-Grad Fellowship at Human Rights Watch

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. Fellows typically work full-time in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office or in some instances in another location.

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.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in international human rights and be committed to building a career in human rights. Research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required. Field experience in human rights work is strongly desirable. Applicants must have exceptional analytic skills and excellent oral and written communications skills in English. Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 16, 2013. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

The Defender Assocation’s Racial Disparity Project Seeks to Sponsor a 2014 Project Based Fellow

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The Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project (RDP) is seeking to sponsor a public interest legal fellowship applicant. The opportunity is for those who wish to begin working in Fall 2014.

We invite people who are passionate about policy and legal issues that are affecting low-income individuals, communities of color, and people involved in the criminal justice system. We are looking for individuals who can work independently, innovatively, and passionately to effect change on a systemic level. Fellows are essential to the RDP’s work. Because the RDP is leanly staffed grant-funded project, fellows take on significant projects that move the RDP’s mission forward in leaps and bounds. This is an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates and young lawyers to work in a progressive-minded environment.

Examples of appropriate public interest law fellowships to apply to include, but are not limited to:
-Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Application Deadline: 9/17/2013
-Skadden Fellowship, Application Deadline: 10/7/2013
-Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship, Application Deadline: 10/23/2013

Check details on Symplicity and for more info contact Anita Khandelwal at anita.khandelwal@defender.org.

Washington Gender and Justice and Minority Justice Commissions Seeking Program Coordinator

WA AOCThe WA AOC has a job opening for someone who understands issues of equity and access to the justice system, has skills thinking and talking about the ways in which institutionalized racism and sexism manifest in the legal system, and would like to work in Seattle/Olympia, WA.

This position coordinates/staffs the Gender and Justice and Minority Justice Commissions out of the Administrative Office of the Courts.  This position works closely with Chief Justice of Washington’s Supreme Court, Justice Barbara Madsen.

The job description doesn’t really capture the fun and the potential of the job, which is working with some very dedicated judges, attorneys and advocates on these commissions to create educational programs, and further the work of these very important commissions.   Someone with organizational development, grant writing, diversity/anti-oppression training experience, and collaboration-building skills would be well-positioned to apply. Being an attorney is not necessary; but the ability to talk with judges is a requirement. The person has to spend some time in the Olympia office each week, but the possibility of working offsite in Seattle part of the time is potentially negotiable.

Act now!  The application deadline is July 26th.