KIND; Community Justice Project; Children’s Alliance; US Attorney’s Office and more!

Rolling:  Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Legal Intern

KIND’s Seattle field office is seeking volunteer legal interns who want to develop their lawyering skills while assisting KIND’s Seattle office’s direct representation and pro bono programs, which matches volunteer lawyers with unaccompanied children needing representation in immigration court.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.

More info and apply here.

Due December 29:  Community Justice Project – Research and Advocacy Associate

Community Justice Project is seeking a Research and Advocacy Associate to join our dynamic and growing movement lawyering team. This position offers the exciting opportunity to work in close collaboration with a group of social justice organizations in South Florida seeking to shift the landscape and advance a transformative agenda for human rights and racial justice.

The Research and Advocacy Associate will provide much-needed research and writing support for ongoing projects, including campaigns in the areas of anti-gentrification, criminal justice, immigrant, and workers’ rights. The Associate will also participate in activities and meetings of Community Justice Project’s organizational partners.

More info and apply here.

Children’s Alliance:  Early Learning Policy Director and Pre-K Policy AssociateChildren's Alliance Logo

The Early Learning Policy Director leads the organization’s public policy advocacy related to early learning. This work is focused on early learning as a key strategy to close the opportunity gap facing children in low-income families and children of color. The position is a member of the policy staff and reports to the Deputy Director. This is a full time position at 37.5 hours/week. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The salary is $60,000/year. Desired start is January 2018. Read more here.

The Pre-K Policy Associate contributes to the organization’s public policy advocacy related to early learning. This work is focused on growing and improving the state’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance program as a key strategy to close the opportunity gap facing children in low-income families and children of color. The position is a member of the policy staff and reports to the Early Learning Policy Director. This is a full time position at 37.5 hours/week. Health, dental, and other benefits included. The salary is $44,000/year. Desired start is January 2018. Read more here.

Due January 5:  U.S. Attorney’s Office, Summer Law Clerk Program

The United States Attorney’s Office takes on approximately 6 law students each summer for our summer law clerk program. The program lasts for 8-10 weeks. These clerkships are performed on an unpaid – volunteer basis.

During the summer, our clerks work in all areas of the office, both civil and criminal divisions. Attempts are made to honor the students’ desires regarding areas of interest (civil versus criminal, or units within the criminal division). Law clerks research and draft civil, trial and appellate briefs and motions. The clerks work directly with Assistant U.S. Attorneys enabling them to meet and work with many different attorneys throughout the summer. Each summer clerk also has one mentoring attorney who provides assistance and support consistently throughout the summer.

More info here and here.

Deadline March 30, 2018: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), 2018 Summer Internships

Interns will handle substantive work at NYLAG and have the opportunity to participate in comprehensive training that covers the breadth of civil legal aid in New York City. This internship is unpaid. Read more about internship unit areas and apply here.

Rolling: Legal Aid of North Carolina. Summer 2018 Internship (Rising 3Ls only)

Location: Charlotte, Raleigh, Concord, Durham, Greenville, Morgantown, Pembroke, Sylvia, Wilson, and Winston-Salem

Interns will experience client contact, learn practical skills, and legal advocacy on real cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys. Interested students should send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to suzannec2@legalaidnc.org. Please identify preferred three locations. Interns will be paid $3,500 for 10 weeks of work.

Open until filled: Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. Fellowship: Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps

Based in Los Angeles County, California Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps focused on addressing the legal needs of veterans in Los Angeles County, with an emphasis on serving veterans in the greater San Pedro/Long Beach areas. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at MHAS’s office in Los Angeles.

Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the fellowship must last 11 to12 months.

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental disabilities, in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental disabilities.

More info here. 

Attention Law Students! Paid Legal Internship with the Steiger Fellowship Project!

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Paid Position, Due 1/6

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Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

The Legal Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks a highly motivated law student with strong academic and professional qualifications to join our 2016 Summer Internship Program. There is a strong preference for first year law students to apply for this internship. “Guidance, Solutions, Integrity” describes the Legal Team’s approach to providing
comprehensive legal guidance supporting the implementation of the foundation’s strategies.
The Legal Team offers creative solutions that accomplish programmatic objectives, develops
and implements efficient legal processes to streamline the foundation’s investment making
practices, and applies preventive legal strategies and compliance policies to minimize risks
and safeguard the foundation’s reputation.

For more information, click here.

Interested in a Volunteer Internship or Clerkship with US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington?

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington prides itself on its law clerk program. We select a highly qualified and diverse group of students for our extern and summer clerk positions, entrust our law clerks with substantial responsibilities, and rely on them as active participants, with Assistant U.S. Attorneys, in pursuing significant federal cases. The work is challenging, exciting, and fun. Our students enhance their legal education while at the same time making important contributions to the society in which we all live.

Our law clerk program has two distinct components:

  1. The Summer Law Clerk Program– Application for Summer 2016 is due no later than January 5, 2016.
  2. The Externship Program, (positions available through the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools, during the academic year, for academic credits).

Although students in each program have many of the same experiences and opportunities within the office, there are differences in the structure and in the application process for the two programs. The links above provide further details about the respective programs.

APPOINTMENT IS SUBJECT TO A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, INCLUDING CREDIT, ARREST, REFERENCE, AND DRUG USE INQUIRIES.
U.S. CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED.

The Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

To learn more, please click here.

Ecology Division in Olympia Seeking Assistant Attorney General, Due 1/8

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The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is the chief legal officer for the state of Washington, serving more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor.

The Ecology Division of the Attorney General’s Office seeks an experienced attorney with an interest in environmental law. Our Division is located in Olympia and consists of 37 attorneys and professional staff. We value teamwork, diversity, flexibility, and collegiality.

This position is part of a nine-member attorney team providing primarily advice to the Department of Ecology’s Waste Programs. The areas of practice will involve understanding and applying a broad range of state and federal environmental statutes, including the state Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and state law implementing the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

For more information, click here.

The Constitution Project Seeks Criminal Justice Staff Attorney, Due 1/10

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The Constitution Project (TCP), a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks a Staff Attorney to work on a criminal justice research and writing project. The position is for one year.

The Staff Attorney will work with TCP staff, outside experts and practitioners, and former policymakers to conduct extensive research and analysis of specific death penalty-related laws and processes, as well as critical components of the broader criminal justice system. On the basis of that research and analysis the Staff Attorney will draft sections of a comprehensive report about the administration of capital punishment.

The position is for one year, with a preferred start date of mid- to late-January 2016. The position presents the opportunity to work on critical criminal justice issues in a challenging, fast-paced environment, with high-profile members of the state and national legal communities.

For more information, click here.

Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications, Due 1/13

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The Emerson National Hunger Fellowship is a leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains a network of leaders committed to social justice.

Emerson Hunger Fellows gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty through field placements in community-based organizations across the country, as well as policy experience through placements in Washington, D.C. Fellows also explore the root causes of hunger and poverty in a peer learning community. The Emerson program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy to develop Hunger Fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

For more information, click here.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project Now Accepting Applications, Paid Internship, Due 1/15

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The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

The eight-week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”), as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

For more information, click here.

Peggy Browning Fund Seeks 2016 Summer Fellows, Due 1/15

Peggy Browning FundThe mission of the Peggy Browning Fund (PBF) is to educate law students about the rights and needs of workers.  Since our first Summer Fellowship Program in 1998, the prestige of a Peggy Browning Fellowship has become widely recognized.

Students have been consistently enthusiastic about the invaluable experience they gained.  Many law firms, labor unions, and nonprofit organizations serving workers  have reported that, because of our reputation and their experience with our Fellows, they consider a Peggy Browning Fellowship as an especially important credential.

During 2016, we expect to offer approximately 70 funded ten-week Summer Fellowships.    In addition, we will once again offer a funded part-time School-Year Fellowship (at the Chicago Newspaper Guild).

For more information, click here.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 1/19

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The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education.

The summer program is ten weeks, from June 6 through August 12, 2016.  Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.

For more information, click here.

Fellowship Opportunities in Equal Justice Works, Appellate Advocacy, and Animal Rights!

Alaska Network for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 11/22

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This position will assist the ANDVSA Legal Program in coordinating statewide efforts for legal services for domestic and sexual violence.

This job description defines areas for which an individual has primary responsibility and is not intended to limit the scope of the job in any way.  Supervised by ANDVSA Senior Staff Attorney; Interview and screen prospective clients for eligibility into ANDVSA’s Legal Program; Civil Legal representation including case and factual research and appellate work if necessary; Maintain a caseload of civil legal cases, primarily family law (statewide); Case-conference and coordinate with ANDVSA Legal Program staff regarding case referrals; Assist ANDVSA Legal Program with efforts to ensure successful representation of victims in the courts including advocacy and legal research; Confer and consult advocates, attorneys and other professionals.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Seeking Trial Attorney, Due 11/24

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The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) primarily investigates and prosecutes cases against human rights violators and other international criminals. The work of the office is divided into three primary portfolios. First, within the Human Rights portfolio, HRSP investigates and prosecutes human rights violators for genocide, torture, war crimes, and recruitment or use of child soldiers, and for immigration and naturalization fraud arising out of efforts to hide their involvement in such crimes. Second, within the International Violent Crime portfolio, HRSP prosecutes crimes of violence committed abroad, particularly crimes involving victims or perpetrators who are U.S. government employees, contractors and dependents. Third, within the Immigration Crimes portfolio, HRSP prosecutes members of international human smuggling networks who present national security concerns and/or who endanger the lives of migrants, and multi-jurisdictional immigration fraud-related offenses. HRSP’s attorneys may perform work in all of its portfolios.

The Section’s prosecutions are usually pursued jointly with a United States Attorney’s Office and involve complex international investigations. HRSP also is actively engaged in policy and legislative work regarding its diverse portfolios that involves close coordination with U.S. government agencies and international organizations.

For complete details, click here.

Defenders of Wildlife Seeking Legal Fellow

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The legal fellowship is a 1-2 year position based in Defenders’ Washington, D.C. National Headquarters office. The position is intended for a highly qualified individual committed to wildlife and natural resource conservation. Primary emphasis is on providing legal research, writing, and litigation support for cases involving federal wildlife and natural resources laws to conserve biological diversity, and the advancement of Defenders’ conservation policies.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Spring and Summer Intern in the Office for Civil Rights, Applications Considered on Rolling Basis

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The Civil Rights Division (CRD) in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) seeks legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts.  OCR promotes and ensures that people have equal access to and opportunity to participate in certain health care and human services programs without facing unlawful discrimination.  CRD carries out this mission by enforcing Federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in certain circumstances, sex and religion, in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from HHS.  CRD also enforces Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in health care and social service programs of state and local governments.

Interns will gain invaluable exposure to public health issues from the perspective of the Federal government.  Specifically, the interns will assist CRD personnel with discrimination complaints, investigations, pre-grants, clearances, and regulatory compliance.  Additionally, interns will develop an understanding of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Act of 1975.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Seeking Summer 2015 Intern in Washington DC

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is unique among U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the size and scope of its work. It serves as both the local and the federal prosecutor for the nation’s capital. On the local side, these prosecutions extend from misdemeanor drug possession cases to murders. On the federal side, these prosecutions extend from child pornography to gangs to financial fraud to terrorism. In both roles, the Office is committed to being responsive and accountable to the citizens of the District of Columbia.

The Office also enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States in civil suits brought in the district. Its location in the seat of the federal government gives it responsibility for many cases of national importance, including far-reaching challenges to federal policies and employment practices.

In all things, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is committed to ensuring the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Our Office offers volunteer and academic credit internships to undergraduates, graduate students and to law students. Work study funds may be available contingent upon the budgetary constraints of both the educational institution and this Office. We accept college undergraduates, graduate students, and second and third year law students, with the permission of their school, to work in the Office assisting our attorneys in case preparation. In the summer, most students work 40 hours a week.

For more information, click here.

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) Seeking Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in Washington DC

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

KIND seeks a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in its Washington, DC field office to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children residing in Virginia and Washington, DC through KIND’s network of major law firms and corporate partners. This includes helping children to understand the immigration process and training volunteer attorneys to effectively represent individual child clients before immigration authorities.

For more information, click here.

New Deadline for Equal Justice Works Fellowship in Texas, Due 12/1

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Every year Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides funding for Equal Justice Works Fellowships at TAJF grantee sites. We recently learned that Equal Justice Works’ applicant pool for the 2015-16 Class has very few applicants with TAJF grantees as the host organization. While TAJF has made no decision regarding any current applicants, they have asked Equal Justice Works to re-open the application to diversify the pool. Again, the quality of the current candidates has not yet been reviewed or judged – this decision is about the total number of applications received. All applicants will be carefully reviewed once the pool is complete.

Equal Justice Works is seeking additional applications in Texas

Equal Justice Works is re-opening the competition exclusively for applications with TAJF grantees as host organizations. We strongly encourage your students to consider applying.

The new deadline for these Fellowship applications is December 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST. You can find more information on the program and its application below. Should you have any questions please contact Carolyn Schorr at cschorr@equaljusticeworks.org or (202) 466-3686 ext. 137. To speak to TAJF about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Melton at ldmelton@teajf.org.

Attention 1Ls!  Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking 2015 Legal Intern, Due 12/19

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The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association is seeking 1L Summer interns for 2015 positions.  The Snohomish County Public Defenders Association represents indigent individuals in the Superior and District Courts of Snohomish County. Currently the office has a Felony unit, Misdemeanor unit, Civil Commitment unit, and a Predator unit. Generally the interns will be responsible for conducting research and writing projects as assigned by a supervising attorney with specific projects coming from any of the above units. Additionally other projects may be assigned as needed and depending on the interns’ interest.

The 1L interns will go through a portion of the training that the 2L Rule 9 interns will go through. After that training period the interns will generally be assigned research and writing projects. These projects will come from, at least historically, all units within the office. The ideal start time would be shortly after the school year ends and go to just before the next school session. There can be some flexibility as to start and end dates.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample. We are currently accepting these materials. Ideally material should be sent to Paul Thompson. Or, in the alternative, they can be mailed to the Snohomish County Public Defenders Assoc, Attn: Paul Thompson, 2722 Suite 200, Colby Ave , Everett, WA. 98201. No phone calls accepted. Email questions to pthompson@snocopda.org. The above materials will be accepted until December 19th applicants will receive a response as to the status of their materials.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Offering Appellate & Supreme Court Advocacy John Payton Fellowship, Due 1/15/15

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The prestigious John Payton Fellowship offers attorneys an unparalleled opportunity to engage in civil rights litigation and advocacy with the nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice law firm.

Payton Fellows will have the opportunity to litigate cutting-edge civil rights cases, particularly with a focus on appellate and Supreme Court advocacy in LDF’s program areas, which include education, criminal justice, voting, and/or economic justice. The Fellows will also help develop public policy and create public education campaigns about racial discrimination, in addition to leading community meetings, participating in conferences, and/or developing public information pieces. During her or his tenure, the Payton Fellow will cultivate relationships with leading litigators, government officials, academics, and organizing/ advocacy experts.

The program will annually hire one Payton Fellow. The inaugural Fellowship will commence in 2015.

For more information, click here.