Summer opportunities with UN Women; AGO Civil Rights Unit hiring externs; post-grad fellowship with Columbia Legal Services

Nov. 25: United Nations Women – Migration Internship

UN womenApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Women’s economic empowerment, including the empowerment of migrant women and girls, is one of the priority areas of UN Women, as reflected in the organization’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017. The Migration Portfolio forms part of the Economic Empowerment Section of the Policy Division at UN Women Headquarters in New York. In 2016, the Migration Team’s work-streams have included: Coordinating UN Women’s chairing of the Global Migration Group (GMG) in 2016; Managing the implementation of UN Women’s EU-funded project on “Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers’ Labour and Human Rights: Engaging with International and National Human Rights Mechanisms to enhance Accountability” due to be finalised in early 2017; Supporting the UN system, requesting Member States and other relevant entities to develop gender-responsive approaches to migration that promote gender equality and the empowerment of migrant women and girls. Read more about the migration internship here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: UN Women – Women, Peace and Security Intern 

UN womenApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: SEIU Fight for $15 one-year legal fellowship

seiuApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union will have an opening for a law fellow in Washington, D.C., starting in September 2017. The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to introduce recent law graduates to a broad range of legal work within an international union, and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workers’ interests.

The 2017 Fight for $15 Law Fellow will provide legal support for SEIU’s campaign in support of the Fight for $15 movement. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the legal department’s work. While each fellowship experience varies according to the work of the department, the Fellow can expect to be involved in at least some of the following types of work: litigation to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members; handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board; drafting amicus briefs in support of workers’ rights issues before the NLRB and appellate courts; advice and assistance to staff organizers on organizing campaigns; involvement in policy and legislative initiatives; and participation in SEIU’s political program. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Dec. 1: Paid internship at public interest firm

Spiegel & McDiarmid LogoApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

The Spiegal Summer Program is designated to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas (Electric, Gas, Environment and Energy, Hydro and Water, Telecommunications, Transportation, Utility Workforce, Public Policy and Lobbying, Litigation and Appeals, Compliance and Enforcement, and Contracts and Rate Negotiations), our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer Associates are intricately involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Application Process: Please send resume and cover letter to recruiting@spiegelmcd.com

Dec. 1: Post-grad opportunities with the Presidential Management Fellows Program

PMF Logo1Application Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Since  1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground. You’ll perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting your career, whatever you envision that to be. You’ll get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training, mentoring, plus an opportunity to make government work better. Find out more.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 9: Children’s Law Center hiring summer intern

Children's Law Center LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Visit www.childrenslawcenter.org to learn more about the organization, and click here to read the internship posting.

Job Description Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2017 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits.

Application Process: No telephone calls, please. Submit a resume, writing sample, references, and cover letter. It is mandatory for each applicant to explicitly rank his or her project preferences on a scale of 1 through 5 in their cover letter, with “1” designating an applicant’s first choice and “5” designating an applicant’s last choice. Children’s Law Center’s hiring committee may elect not to review applications which fail to designate the applicant’s project preferences in the manner requested.

Dec. 11: AGO, Civil Rights Unit hiring winter and spring externs

washington-ago-color-sealApplication Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

The Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit works to protect the civil rights of everyone in Washington.  The Attorney General enforces state and federal laws, including laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, status as a family with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a breastfeeding mother, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. Read more here.

The Civil Rights Unit in Seattle has an excellent opportunity for a second or third-year law student seeking an externship beginning in January and ending in May, the Civil Rights Unit also understands UW is on the quarter system and will work on start/end dates that work for all. The position would involve assisting with the investigation of civil rights complaints, conducting legal research on civil rights laws in Washington state, drafting written discovery as necessary and other duties as assigned.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 15: Summer internship with the Urban Justice Center, Mental Health Project

Urban Justice Center NYCApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. We represent individual clients, bring class action lawsuits and engage in community education with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in substantive legal work, including interviewing clients, representing clients in court and at administrative hearings, researching and writing briefs, and working on class action lawsuits and systemic reform.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Columbia Legal Services Elder Law Fellowship now accepting applications

columbia20legal20servicesApplication Deadline: Open until filled, first round of applications considered by Nov. 21

For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a one-year Elder Law Fellow to support its practice on behalf of low-income clients and to advance systemic reform. Areas of practice on behalf of seniors will include public benefits, guardianship, housing, and access to medical or mental health services. A willingness and ability to learn these areas is critical to success. Read more about the fellowship here.

Application Process: Read about the application process here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project

nw-justice-projectApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Unit seeks summer interns to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law student outreach is an essential component in helping workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, including farmworker sexual harassment cases and community education, pesticide safety, wage theft, and advocacy related to the H-2A temporary visa program for farmworkers. Northwest Justice Project is the LSC funded staffed Legal Services program for Washington State. The positions are focused full –time on farmworker advocacy. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

ICC loses members; UW student group dedicated to reproductive rights

African countries withdraw from International Criminal Court

SG Special Adviser Jamal Benomar (UK) briefs the SC stakeout after consultations on the situation in Burundi.

SG Special Adviser Jamal Benomar (UK) briefs the SC stakeout after consultations on the situation in Burundi.

“Burundi, South Africa to Withdraw from International Criminal Court” published October 25, 2016 by International Justice Resource Center. Photo courtesy of UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

“Both Burundi and South Africa announced in the last two weeks that they intend to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). On October 12, 2016, 94 of 110 parliamentary members in Burundi voted in support of retracting Burundi’s membership as a State party to the ICC’s treaty, the Rome Statute. [ICC Press Release] On October 18, 2016, the president of Burundi signed legislation withdrawing the country from the ICC. [NY Times: Vote] Three days later, South Africa announced its plans to withdraw from the ICC; the country sent an official notice to the United Nations earlier in the week. [Washington Post] Withdrawal takes effect a year after official notice is provided to the UN Secretary General. [NY Times: Vote] Although others have threatened to withdraw from the ICC, Burundi and South Africa will be the first countries to do so. [NY Times: Vote]” Read the full article here.

Reproductive Justice student group re-launches

screenshot-1If/When/How Lawyering for Reproductive Justice (previously Law Students for Reproductive Justice) is re-launching its UW chapter. This student organization is dedicated to education and activism surrounding women’s access to comprehensive health care, including the right to make reproductive choices free from violence and coercion. Keep an eye out for information about the upcoming general meeting. Or, for more information or to get involved, please email Sarah Aitchison at sarah.aitchison@gmail.com.

Seattle Times gets it right on indigent defendant rights, LSE identifyies legal protections for women

New website dedicated to examining how international and domestic law can combat violence against women

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Tackling Violence against Women is a new website dedicated to explaining the international and regional human rights systems that can be used to tackle violence against women and girls.

In addition to explaining CEDAW (the UN treaty and monitoring body dedicated to the elimination of discrimination against women) the site highlights opportunities for interaction with other treaties and institutions in tackling gender-based violence. It introduces the other UN treaty bodies and explains how civil society can engage with their work and their potential to affect change. Sections on regional human rights treaties and organisations show how different bodies are simultaneously approaching the global problem. Read the full press release here.

Photo courtesy of the London School of Economics, Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Seattle Times editorial board applauds WA Supreme Court for protecting defendant’s rights

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September, 29 2016
By Seattle Times Editorial Board
Photo courtesy: Common Good Blog library

In City of Richland v. Wakefield, the Washington State Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that judges must consider the financial standing of defendant’s when addressing what the defendant owes the court. The Seattle Times praised the ruling, and so do we!

“It was a good ruling because counties are tacking on discretionary court fines and fees to pay for their judicial systems, despite the fact that a vast majority of defendants are indigent,” wrote the editorial board.

WA Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Farmworkers Who Challenged Gun-toting Foreman’s Intimidating Practices

Washington Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Farmworkers Who Challenged Gun-toting Foreman’s Intimidating Practices

columbia20legal20servicesThe Washington Supreme Court today announced a unanimous decision in favor of Farmworkers who were threatened by a gun-toting foreman and fired after reporting his practice to law enforcement. The Court was tasked with answering two legal questions involving the definition of a “farm labor contractor” under Washington’s Farm Labor Contractor Act (FLCA) and whether the agribusiness defendants “knowingly” used the contractor. The Court answered both questions in the affirmative, supporting the Farmworkers.

 The class action lawsuit was filed in 2012, after a group of ten farmworkers alleged they were fired by their employer, NW Management and Realty Services, Inc. (NW Management), in retaliation for contacting authorities because their foreman was routinely displaying and shooting his gun in the orchards to intimidate the workers and cheat them of their wages. Several of the fired farmworkers had worked at the same orchards for more than a decade.

 In 2013, a federal judge awarded the class of 722 farmworkers $1,004,000 in damages against NW Management and the orchard owners, affiliates of the John Hancock Insurance company, for violations of state law protecting farm workers. Additional worker claims, including the retaliatory firing claims, were settled by the parties at the time. As a result of today’s decision, the case will return to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and, based on the Washington Supreme Court’s definitive ruling, the 2013 judgment is likely to be upheld and each worker will receive between $1,000 – $3,000 depending on how many seasons she or he worked.

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Application deadlines for scholarships extended!

Charles Z. Smith Scholarship – Application Deadline extended to April 1

mainThe Charles Z. Smith Scholarship honors Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith for his commitment to promoting diversity for all people of color in the legal profession. Establishment of this scholarship recognizes that people of color, particularly African-Americans, are underrepresented in the legal profession and recognizes the pivotal role that effective legal advocacy plays in protecting the rights of minorities both individually and collectively. The recipient(s) will receive $500 to be applied towards their next quarter’s tuition and fees. 

To apply, applicants: (1) must be a student of color in the 1L class; (2) must submit 2 letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s demonstrated involvement with and commitment to servicing one or more of the ethnic specific communities. The letters of recommendation must disclose the applicant’s relationship to the recommending party and include an appraisal of the applicant’s commitment to the goal of the scholarship; (3) must have financial need (as determined by OSA); and (4) must submit a personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) describing the applicant’s demonstrated commitment and ties to the minority community. All application materials must be submitted to William H. Gates Hall Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) or via email to:lawadm@uw.edu by 5:00PM PST on April 1, 2016.

 Ralph W. Johnson American Indian Law Scholarship – Application Deadline extended  April 1

The Law School’s Native American Law Center was founded to carry on and expand the work of Professor Ralph W. Johnson. For forty-four years, Professor Johnson taught thousands of students at the UW Law School and provided direct assistance to the tribes in Washington State and across the nation. Professor Johnson’s scholarly work in the field of Indian Law is nationally known, his writings have been cited more than 300 times by the United States Supreme Court as well as by lower federal and state court judges. He was the first professor in the United States to teach a class in federal Indian law. It was in honor for Professor Johnson that his wife, Anne Johnson, established this scholarship for students with a demonstrated interest in studying and practicing American Indian law. 

This scholarship is open to all students and the recipient will be awarded $2,500. 

To apply, applicants must submit the following: (1) documentation of your tribal affiliation and/or descent; (2) a personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) describing your commitment and ties to the Native American community; and (3) one letter of recommendation (the recommender may send their recommendation directly via email to lawadm@uw.edu) describing and appraising your involvement in the Native American community and dedication to principles that further the interests of the community. All application materials (including the letter of recommendation) must be submitted to William H. Gates Hall, Room 231 (Office of Admissions & Financial Aid) by 5:00PM PST on April 1, 2016.

Right to sexual and reproductive health indivisible from other human rights – UN experts

25-08-2011humanrightsGENEVA (8 March 2016) – The right to sexual and reproductive health is not only an integral part of the general right to health but fundamentally linked to the enjoyment of many other human rights, including the rights to education, work and equality, as well as the rights to life, privacy and freedom from torture, and individual autonomy, UN experts have said in an authoritative new legal commentary*.

Yet, the experts from the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) note, “the full enjoyment of the right to sexual and reproductive health remains a distant goal for millions of people, especially for women and girls, throughout the world.”

The commentary, adopted by CESCR’s 18 independent members, highlights the numerous legal, procedural, practical and social barriers people face in accessing sexual and reproductive health care and information, and the resulting human rights violations.

“For example, lack of emergency obstetric care services or denial of abortion often lead to maternal mortality and morbidity, which in turn constitutes a violation of the right to life or security, and in certain circumstances, can amount to torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” the experts say in their commentary.

The experts’ guidelines, known as a General Comment, concern Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which refers to the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

“As a Committee we have spoken before about the right to health, but we thought that given, for example, high maternal mortality rates around the world or harmful practices that women and girls especially go through, like female genital mutilation and early child marriage, it was important to specifically address the issue of sexual and reproductive health,” said Committee member Heisoo Shin.

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Interested in Volunteering for the UN? Join the Discussion with UW Law Alumna, Johanna Gusman!

December 3: A Conversation with Johanna Gusman on UN Volunteer Work

Johanna Gusman

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: TBA (Please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry)

Next Thursday Johanna Gusman, a UW Law School alumna and Gates Scholar, will visit us from Cairo via a Google hangout, to discuss how to work as a UN Volunteer (which is actually a quasi paid opportunity).  This is a great way for lawyers and others to get their “foot in the door” to work with the UN on longer term contracts.  We will connect with her online at 8:30 a.m. on 12/3 — Room TBA.  For those of you who are not in Seattle or who need to listen from home, please contact Professor Anita Ramasastry as soon as possible, and she will transmit instructions for how to join us via Google.

For more information, please contact Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.

December 4: Rahul Gairola Presentation on Migrations in Absentia: Digital Advertising & Manipulation of Partition Trauma

Rahul Gairola

Date: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Seattle University, Hunthausen Hall 100

This paper contributes to existing and new scholarship in Partition and affect studies, on the one hand, and cultural and digital humanities studies, on the other, as the 70th anniversary of the geo- political division of South Asia approaches in 2017. I begin by proposing a rationale for two digital advertisements by Google and Coca Cola that attempt to capitalize on the trauma of Partition by celebrating both products as facilitating harmony between India and Pakistan. Indeed, these advertisements market “happiness” as the ultimate horizon of neoliberal experience for the subjects that they depict.

While I do not here want to undermine the nostalgic value or the raw emotions behind the subjects and sentiments portrayed, I would argue that it is crucial to question the ethical dilemmas of marketing products that utopically represent the Partition’s communal bloodshed. In particular, these advertisements promise what I call “migrations in absentia,” or the promise of movement across borders without moving from one’s geo-political space. I conclude that despite the hege-monic pull of both ads, a number of resistant representations counter their influence in the digital public sphere

Rahul Krishna Gairola is an Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Liter-ature at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. He is, with Amritjit Singh and Nalini Iyer, co-editor of a collection of essays titled Revisiting India’s Partition: Poli-tics, Memories, & Culture (Lexington Books/ Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). He is working on two additional book projects – Homelandings: Diasporic Genealogies of Belonging in Nation and Digital Homes: Electronic Agency in 21st Century South Asia. He is an Article Editor for Postcolonial Text, and Editor of salaam: the newslet-ter of the south asian literary association.

For more information, contact the English Department at 296-5420

December 10: RSJI Speaker Series Presents Kimberlé Crenshaw – Annual Human Rights Day Celebration – Black Lives Matter

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Please join us for a reception starting at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Kimberlé Crenshaw teaches Civil Rights and other courses in critical race studies and constitutional law. Her primary scholarly interests center around race and the law, and she was a founder and has been a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory. She was elected Professor of the Year by the 1991 and 1994 graduating classes. She now splits her time each year between UCLA and the Columbia School of Law.

At the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she received her LL.M., Professor Crenshaw was a William H. Hastie Fellow. She then clerked for Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

In 2007, Professor Crenshaw was awarded the Fulbright Chair for Latin America in Brazil. In 2008, she was nominated an Alphonse Fletcher Fellow. In the same year she joined the selective group of scholars awarded with an in-residence fellowship at the Center of Advanced Behavioral Studies at Stanford.

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December 15: Conversations: Charlesworth and Chinkin Re-Examine the Boundaries of International Law

Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, London, UK

In 2000 ‘The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis’ shone a spotlight on the status of women in human rights and international law. The authors, Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin, took a critical look at the development of international law, arguing that the absence of women had produced a narrow and inadequate jurisprudence that legitimated the unequal position of women rather than confronted it. They called for the boundaries of international law to be redrawn to create more equitable status of women in society.

15 years on, Charlesworth and Chinkin revisit their ground-breaking feminist analysis. What has been achieved, and what challenges remain?

To register, click here.

Interested in Voting Rights? Position Opening With ACLU of Washington!

King County Department of Public Defense Seeking Deputy Director, Due 7/27

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is known nationally for its excellent legal representation of indigent clients in King County.  DPD provides legal representation to indigent clients in several practice areas, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile offenders, dependencies, involuntary commitment, civil commitment of sexually violent predators, and contempt of court.

DPD is looking for a Deputy Director who will assist the Director in leading this dynamic department. Per county code, the Deputy will serve as interim Public Defender in the event of a vacancy and act in her stead, as needed. The Deputy will supervise several attorney managers, providing leadership, support, and direction in all of DPD’s practice areas and in the department’s day-to-day operations, including strategic planning, policy development, hiring, and general department oversight. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as a public defender, a passion for client-centered public defense, a commitment to addressing racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, and a collaborative, solutions-focused leadership style.

For more information, click here.

Department of Justice Special Litigation Section Seeking Deputy Chief (Supervisory Trial Attorney), Due 7/28

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The Special Litigation Section (SPL or Section) is one of several Sections in the Civil Rights Division. SPL is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Deputy Chief. The attorney selected for this position will be dedicated to the Section’s work pursuant to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (“HCFAC”) program, with an emphasis on the Section’s matters that seek to enforce compliance with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999). More specifically, most of the incumbent’s work will be devoted to supervising the investigation, negotiation, and litigation of matters involving the unnecessary segregation or the risk of unnecessary segregation of individuals with disabilities in institutions. Most of the work involves allegations of patterns or practices of unlawful conduct.

For more information, click here.  For other position openings with SPL, click here.  Application period closes 7/21.

Honorable Richard Jones of U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington Now Accepting Applications for Full-Time Externs 2015-2016

Judge Richard Jones

The Honorable Richard A. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for full-time externs in the 2015-2016 school year. The Court has both a criminal and civil caseload.  Externs for Judge Jones will be performing legal research, writing memoranda, and drafting judicial orders.  There may be opportunities to work closely with Judge Jones’s current law clerks on current and on-going cases.  There will be exposure to a variety of legal issues including; employment discrimination, admiralty, personal injury, patent infringement, class actions, criminal and civil procedure, and criminal and civil trial preparation. Applicants must have completed Evidence. To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and list of three references as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Richard A. Jones
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Seattle, WA 98101

Justice Charles K. Wiggins Now Accepting Applications for Fall Quarter Externs

Justice Charles Wiggins

Justice Charles K. Wiggins is accepting applications for autumn quarter externs.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample.  Applications may be mailed to:

P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504-0929

Or emailed to Sylvia Campbell at Sylvia.Campbell@courts.wa.gov.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Fall Intern/Extern, Due 8/7

NWIRP

NWIRP’s Seattle Office services low-income immigrants and refugees in Western Washington. The office provides direct legal representation, referrals to pro bono attorneys, pro se assistance, and workshops on immigration matters ranging from asylum, citizenship, family petitions, and protections for immigrant children and victims of crimes.

The internship is open to first, second, and third year law students. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in immigration law, an ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment, and a commitment to advancing and defending the legal rights of low-income immigrants and refugees. Applicants proficient in Spanish are strongly preferred. The internship is unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

For more information, click here.

Department of Public Defense Seeking Fall Intern/Extern, Due 8/14

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now recruiting for a volunteer intern or extern for the fall quarter in our Associated Counsel for the Accused Division (ACAD) Seattle office, drug court or felony unit. Applicants must be Rule 9 eligible.

DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County, governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory board comprised of regional leaders in public defense. Job duties include assisting attorneys at hearings with in and out-of-custody arraignments, pretrial hearings, sentencing and probation review; legal research and writing; assisting with trial preparation; and others.

For more information, click here. 

American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Seeking Voting Rights Researcher (9 Mo. Position), Open Until Filled

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The ACLU of Washington is a non-profit public interest organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties.  Its staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle.

We are seeking a Voting Rights Researcher to help identify jurisdictions in Washington that fall short of providing fair and open voting and elections practices.  In particular the ACLU is investigating whether electoral practices provide racial and ethnic minorities a meaningful voice in local government and whether counties are recognizing the rights of all voters.  The Voting Rights Researcher will be a member of the Legal Department and supervised by a Staff Attorney.

For more information, click here.

The San Juan Preservation Trust Seeks Assistant Director, Open Until Filled

San Juan Preservation Trust

Founded in 1979, the San Juan Preservation Trust (SJPT) is a nationally accredited private, non-profit and membership-based land trust dedicated to helping people and communities conserve land in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The Assistant Director supports the Executive Director by managing day-to-day administrative operations of the organization. Primary responsibilities include oversight and/or support for all of the organization’s administrative activities, including budgeting, planning, trustee engagement, staff and committee coordination, implementation and tracking of new initiatives, and overall organizational effectiveness. The Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director, supervises one staff member (our Office Manager), supports logistical, budgeting and financial functions for our program directors (Development, Conservation and Stewardship), and works closely with the Executive Director, staff, a 21-member board of trustees, and numerous committees and advisory bodies. Our entire staff, including this position, actively participates in fundraising, outreach and membership engagement activities, and is required to perform a wide variety of tasks as needed.

For more information, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks U.S. Policy & Advocacy Law Student Intern for Fall 2015, Open Until Filled

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy (USPA) department is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and highly organized law student intern with a commitment to reproductive rights issues to engage in a variety of projects related to federal policy analysis and nonprofit advocacy. This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the day-to day operations of a dynamic in-house federal policy team, including legislative analysis and drafting, coalition advocacy, and translating legal and legislative language into persuasive policy documents.

The internship is part-time, and will begin in September 2015 and end in November 2015. Exact schedule is flexible according to the student’s academic schedule, but preference will be given to candidates that are available for a minimum of 15 hours/week spread over multiple days. To participate in this internship, interns will need to receive academic credit from their schools. If credit is not offered by your school, a small stipend may be available for the right candidate.

For more information, click here.

United Nations Seeking Humanitarian Affairs Officer (Civil-Military Coordination) P-3

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The position is intended to fill functions of short-term duration This temporary position is initially offered for three (3) months with possibility of extension. All posts are subject to availability of funds.

The Humanitarian Affairs Officer P3 reports directly to the Head of the Policy and Planning Unit, located under the Chief of the Civil-Military Coordination Section (CMCS), within the Emergency Services Branch (ESB), Geneva, Switzerland.

For more information, click here.

Enjoy the Seattle sun and some job opportunities today!

Want to learn more about career opportunities with the UN High Commission for Refugees?

UNHCR employs some 9,000 staff from all over the world, mostly working in field locations where refugees and internally displaced people need our help most. They have a wide range of skills. Our staff provides live-saving aid and protection every day for millions of uprooted and stateless people around the world.

This is something that our staff takes great pride of, despite the many hardships they face while working in deep field operations, at times close to or within conflict areas. Our greatest reward is to know that our work has a major positive impact and brings hope to people uprooted by conflict and persecution.

Join the organization and help make a difference at a time when more people than ever need our help.

UNHCR offers opportunities in a wide range of functional areas where you can achieve your professional goal to be a humanitarian.

To learn more about career opportunities at UNHCR click here.

Interested in Anti-Trafficking Work? Opportunity to Intern Remotely for US State Department this Summer!

An attorney at the US Department of State’s Trafficking in persons office – which compiles the annual trafficking in persons country reports, will be looking for some virtual interns for this summer.  Should you be interested, please email Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.   She will look into the requirements as to how this can be structured  (e.g. externship versus independent study credits).  

The Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network is looking to hire an attorney

GAINThe Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN), a nonprofit organization that provides free legal representation in immigration matters to persecuted asylum seekers and immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, is seeking an Asylum Attorney to supervise and run our organization’s Asylum Project.

This is a very unique opportunity for a dedicated, creative and passionate individual who thrives in a challenging and collaborative work environment.  The applicant must have the skill and ability to work with volunteer attorneys from the private bar and directly represent cases as well.

How to Apply: To apply for this position, please email cover letter and resume to Madeline Hall at mhall@georgiaasylum.org. Please apply by June 30th, 2015.

Due June 19: OneJustice – VETERAN LEGAL CORPS FELLOWSHIP (LOS ANGELES)

The Fellow will be charged with: (1) working with isolated and rural low-income communities to identify and understand unmet legal needs; (2) developing strategies to meet identified legal needs; and (3) building and mobilizing coalitions and partnerships—with other legal services nonprofits, community-based nonprofits, law schools, and law firms—aimed at providing much-need legal assistance to identified isolated and rural communities. The Fellow may provide the following types of assistance (among other possible forms of assistance) to isolated and rural communities: VA benefits; immigration (DACA, Naturalization, etc.); public benefits; workers’ rights; consumer debt; expungement; and housing.

 Since 2007, the Justice Bus Project has helped thousands of Californians in rural and isolated areas get access to free legal help by facilitating trips to these regions with pro bono attorneys and law students from California’s cities. To help meet the growing needs of underserved veterans and low-income Californians, OneJustice’s Fellow will be responsible for expanding the Justice Bus Project by identifying legal needs in rural and isolated areas of California. The Fellow will formulate and execute appropriate methods of assistance to meet those needs during one-day and overnight Justice Bus trips. In implementing these strategic responses to pressing legal needs, the Fellow will build partnerships with local legal services nonprofits, recruit pro bono attorneys and law students, and facilitate all necessary trainings to ensure effective and efficient use of pro bono resources. Instead of providing direct legal services to veterans and low-income residents, the Fellow will leverage the enthusiasm, skill, and time of pro bono attorneys and law students to increase the availability of free legal help available to California’s most vulnerable communities. The Fellow reports to OneJustice’s Senior Staff Attorney in Los Angeles and serves a vital role in the organization’s Pro Bono Justice team. Travel is required on Justice Bus trips and attendance at national conferences.

APPLICATION:  Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Please send applications to Amy Kaizuka via email to careers@one-justice.org with “Los Angeles Veterans Legal Corps Fellow” as the subject line. DEADLINE: June 19, 2015.  

Due July 10: RUDY EXELROD ZIEFF & LOWE, LLP seeks Associate (San Francisco)

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP is a leading law firm in the field of employee rights and protections, including both individual cases and wage and hour class actions.  We are interviewing candidates for an associate attorney position to work on a wide variety of cases, including those brought to enforce anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour laws and whistleblower protection and anti-retaliation laws. 

 Associates can expect to work on cases of varied subject matter in state and federal courts.  Associates work closely with partners, but they are afforded responsibility for their cases and significant opportunity to appear in court and before arbitrators.

 Compensation Salary is commensurate with experience, and the firm offers a complete benefits package.  Between two and five years of law firm or clerkship experience is required.

 Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe is an equal opportunity employer.  Female and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

 For more information on our firm please visit our website: www.rezlaw.com 

Please submit cover letter and resume by July 10, 2015 to John Mullan at jtm@rezlaw.com.  Put “Associate Attorney” in your subject line

Due July 17: NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC. (LDF) – Post-Graduate Fellowship (NYC)

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Inc. (“LDF”) invites rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates to apply for LDF sponsorship for public interest fellowship projects to begin in the fall of 2016. Sponsorship will enable the applicant to submit proposals for consideration to the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program, and/or similar programs, including fellowships offered by the applicant’s law school.

We seek to sponsor a public interest Fellow to address systemic obstacles and policies that underlie continuing racial disparities and discrimination. The Fellow will work with LDF attorneys and other staff on trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, policymaking, and/or other forms of advocacy. Fellowship projects may include the following issues:

  • Education
  • Economic Justice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Voting Rights

Interested candidates should apply by sending the following materials: (1) a cover letter specifying the candidate’s interest in working with LDF and relevant experience; (2) a resume; (3) a list of three references; and (4) a legal writing sample. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to include a brief description of potential project idea(s) in the cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis prior to July 17, 2015; however, applicants are encouraged to submit materials as soon as possible, as most relevant fellowships have deadlines in the early fall.

Please e-mail application materials toHUjobs@naacpldf.org with the subject line “[First Name + Last Name] – Fellow” and address the cover letter to:

Monica Garcia
Director of Human Resources
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10006

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.