JOBS: Columbia Law Human Rights Legal Fellow; NJP Part-time Attorney; ACLU fellowships and more

Due July 29: The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute 2017-2018 Legal Fellow

Application deadline: Thursday, July 29, 2017Columbia Law School Logo

The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute invites candidates for the position of Legal Fellow for the Institute’s human rights in the US work. This position will run from September 2017-May 2018, with the possibility of renewal.

The Legal Fellow will play an integral role in strengthening awareness and implementation of international human rights norms in the United States, with a particular focus on advancing racial and gender justice, equality, and accountability.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 4: Northwest Justice Project Part-time Staff Attorney Kent/Renton

Application deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017NJP Logo

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice, strengthen communities and protect human dignity through provision of civil legal services to Washington’s low-income populations. NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys to work within our King County office on the Family Advocacy Center (FAC) project, a partnership with the Center for Children & Youth Justice, to prevent the unnecessary placement and prolonged stay of children in foster care. FAC’s offices are located at the YWCA South King County Regional Center in Renton.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 15: ACLU of Washington Public Interest Fellowships

Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017ACLU of WA

The ACLU of Washington welcomes applications from graduating third-year low students and recent law graduates to work with us under a public interest legal fellowship. As an integral part of ACLU-WA, the fellow will work closely with attorneys in the Legal Department and/or the Policy Advocacy Group to gain practical experience through defending and expanding civil liberties and constitutional rights. The position will provide recent graduates with a unique opportunity to participate in our cutting edge legal work, gaining practical hands-on experience in a supportive and mentoring environment.

Learn more and apply here

Due August 18: 2018-2020 Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship, American Bar Association/Section of Taxation

Application Deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017

Legal Aid Service of Broward County (Legal Aid), located in South Florida, is interested in applying for a Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow for the 2018-2020 Fellowship term with Legal Aid’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) located in both Broward and Collier County, Florida.

The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers, with approximately 20,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient. The Public Service Fellowship program was developed in 2008 to address the unmet needs for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate.

Learn more and apply here and here

Rolling Deadline: The Center for Reproductive Rights

ART Human Rights Policy Counsel, USPA Center: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

Learn more and apply here

Due October 18:  U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Legal Interns-Immigration Court Seattle Application Deadline: October 18, 2017

The Seattle Immigration Court has openings for Winter 2018 volunteer legal interns.

Projects assigned vary depending on the court’s docket but will include:

• Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues;

• Drafting decisions on motions pending before the court; and

• Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal, such as asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under Article 3 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

Eligibility & Qualifications:

Students who are entering their second or third year of law school are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applicants must be in current student status. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful but not necessary. Strong research and writing skills are required.

All applicants must be United States citizens and must successfully complete an FBI background check before beginning their internship.

Application Instructions:

Interested students must submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the internship, résumé, 5-10 page writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial acceptable), and contact information for three references by Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Please submit all direct inquires and application materials to Anna Cleveland via email at Anna.Cleveland@usdoj.gov.

 

OCLA, Seattle City Attorney OCI, DOJ Honors Program, and much more!

Due August 31: Opportunity for Service: Civil Legal Aid Oversight CommitteeOCLA Logo

Application Deadline: Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Access to Justice Board seeks letters of interest from individuals interested in being considered for appointment by the Washington Supreme Court to the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA), reviewing the performance of the OCLA Director and making recommendations to the Legislature, the Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Board on matters relating to the delivery of state-funded civil legal aid services.  There are two open positions on the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee for which letters of interest are invited.  The application deadline has been extended and applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2017.

Read more and apply here.

Due July 24 at noon:  OCI: Seattle City Attorney, Criminal Division InternshipsCity of Seattle Logo

Application Deadline:  Monday, July 24, 2017 at noon.

The Criminal Division represents the City in prosecuting traffic infractions, misdemeanors, and gross misdemeanors in Seattle Municipal Court. The types of cases prosecuted by the Criminal Division include driving under the influence, traffic infractions, domestic violence, theft, assault, and trespassing.

There are a limited number of each criminal prosecution and infraction prosecution positions available for fall and winter 2017 and spring and summer 2018.  (Please note that offers will be extended for either criminal or infraction prosecution—not a combination.) All positions are unpaid. The ideal candidates will be available for court coverage three or four days per week

For complete job description go to Symplicity and apply here.

Attorney General’s Summer Law Intern Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) application opens on Monday, July 31, 2017.DOJ - Attorney's Office

You are invited to attend a webinar on:

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S HONORS PROGRAM AND SUMMER LAW INTERN PROGRAM AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director of the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management

During the webinars, participants will:
• Obtain a brief overview of this year’s programs;
• Receive answers to questions about the application; and
• Gain an understanding of the hiring timeline.

Please RSVP to OARMposition@usdoj.gov for one session (listed below) by Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Please include your name, law school, and the webinar date you choose to attend.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 3:00PM (EST)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 12:00PM (EST)

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 12:00PM (EST)

More information about both programs, including eligibility and offices participating, can be found at:

HP:   https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/entry-level-attorneys

SLIP:  https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/summer-law-intern-program

Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Launching Asylum Expert Witness Database

“The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is launching a new project—a searchable database of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States. This service will be offered to attorneys and experts alike, free of charge. In other areas of the law, the provision of expert witness referrals is highly developed and professionalized, but this will be the first project of its kind to do so in the asylum field.

The Asylum Expert Witness Database is scheduled to go live in late 2017 and will contain detailed profiles for hundreds of experts, as well as information, including outcomes, about cases for which they have provided testimony. When available, we will also include sample transcripts of the expert’s prior testimony and any government challenges to an expert’s qualifications. Experts will be able to update their own profiles to include information about current availability and fee requirements. In the meantime, we will continue to provide referrals when requested through our website http://cgrs.uchastings.edu/assistance.

We are currently seeking information from attorneys about recommended country specialists or health professionals for inclusion in the database. Please send information about any recommended experts, including contact information, areas of expertise, and CVs, to CGRS at CGRS-ExpertDB@uchastings.edu. We will follow up with attorneys and the experts themselves as we get closer to the go-live date.

For more information, please contact CGRS Staff Attorney Robyn Barnard at BarnardRobyn@uchastings.edu.”

New ABA Network Increases Legal Services for Homeless Youth

“In an effort to increase legal services to [homeless youth], the American Bar Association (ABA) recently launched the Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN). The initiative helps homeless youth ages 25 and younger, while also providing opportunities for legal professionals and service providers. ‘The Homeless Youth Legal Network is a fine example of how the American Bar Association can link youth experiencing homelessness with experts in the legal community who can help,’ ABA President Linda A. Klein. ‘This project, made possible with a grant from the ABA Enterprise Fund, shows how we can harness the power and reach of the ABA to improve access to justice by providing much-needed legal assistance to vulnerable populations.'”

Read more here.

Public-Defender Fees Waived for Those Found Innocent in California

“Californians accused of a crime but found not guilty will no longer have to pay for their public defenders after Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a criminal justice-reform law striking the requirement. Under a bill authored by a pair of Los Angeles-area state senators, people using court-appointed counsel must only repay courts for legal costs if they are convicted. State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said the current reimbursement laws are a detriment to low-income Californians and that Senate Bill 355 closes a damaging loophole which punishes individuals who are falsely arrested.”

Read more here.

Law schools are filled with Asian Americans. So why aren’t there more Asian judges?Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

“While Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in law, and are overrepresented in the country’s top law schools as well as at major law firms, they lag behind all other racial groups when it comes to attaining leadership roles in the legal profession, according to a study released Tuesday by Yale Law School and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.”

Read more here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! UW-Exclusive Paid Internship Opportunity! Check Out the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC!

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children) Seeking Immigrant Children’s Legal Program Intern, Monthly Stipend Available, Due 1/5/2016

USCRI Logo

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys.

For more information, click here.

UW Exclusive – Paid Summer Position with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, Due 1/11/2016

ELI Logo

With the generous sponsorship of Marten Law, UW Law is pleased to once again announce an exclusive clerkship position with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. for the summer of 2016.  The position description and application procedure are explained in the attached flyer.

Founded in 1969, the Environmental Law Institute is one of the nation’s leading environmental law and policy organizations.  ELI may be the most widely respected national voice dedicated exclusively to environmental law: they are non-partisan, do not lobby, and do not litigate.  Their work spans the globe.  Located in D.C., ELI hosts a rich variety of summer programs that are magnificent opportunities for learning and national networking.

This extraordinary position is open only to 2Ls and exceptional 1Ls currently enrolled at UW Law.  Please send application materials to toddw2@uw.edu by January 11, 2016 for joint review by UW environmental law faculty and ELI.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Pride Law Fund Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship – Fellowship Sponsor 2016, Due 1/15/2016

Pride Law Fund Logo

The Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Fellowship will help ensure that unmet legal needs are recognized and prioritized on an on-going basis, and that the next generation of legal advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community develops the critical skills necessary to secure civil rights into the future. The Steel Fellowship is the first fellowship of its kind anywhere in the country.

Pride Law Fund seeks to fund “cutting edge” projects with the potential to make a lasting impact. Persons are eligible to apply if they are law students eligible to graduate in the Spring semester, or are lawyers within three years of their graduation from law school.

For more information, click here.

Paid Summer Internship! American Bar Section of Antitrust Law Seeking Applications for 2016 Steiger Fellowship Project, Due 1/15/2016

ABA Logo

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students the extraordinary opportunity to work in the consumer protection departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States. The eight?ten week paid Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Attorneys General, as a consumer protection outreach initiative to introduce law students to the rewards of legal careers in public service.

The first and second year law students who have served as Steiger Fellows have characterized their experiences as truly rewarding, often well beyond their expectations. A number of students have said that for the first time they are considering law careers in public service, and several have already entered public service upon graduation.

Each of the highly motivated Steiger Fellows provides tangible, meaningful assistance to states and territories that are in substantial need of additional resources to fulfill their consumer protection mission. Offices that have hosted Steiger Fellows in the past have characterized the Fellows’ work as exemplary, and have often described the students as some of the most talented interns the offices have ever attracted.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, Immigration Litigation Seeks Summer 2016 Volunteer Legal Intern/Extern, Due 1/15/2016

DOJ Logo

The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) – Appellate Section coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an appellate and a district court section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals,involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals.

Must be a rising 2L by the start date of the internships. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Be a United States citizen and is required to have a background investigation. Be able to commit a minimum of 30-40 hours per week for 10-12 continuous weeks. Demonstrate interest in immigration or appellate law. Show strong research and writing skills.

Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will: draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions; write case summaries for weekly litigation reports; attend “First Cuts” meetings; and conduct legal research and prepare memoranda.For the summer semester, we require that interns work full?time, 35?40 hours, for a minimum period of 10-12 weeks.

For more information, click here.

American Bar Association of Litigation Now Accepting Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Applications, Due 1/4/2016

ABA Logo

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will begin accepting applications for its Summer 2016 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program on November 9. Applications for first-year law students will be accepted December 1, 2015, in accordance with NALP guidelines. The program is a full-time (32 hours per week), six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year diverse law students.

The mission of the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is to provide opportunities to students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession. The program also provides opportunities to students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, and students who identify themselves as LGBT.

Participating judges are from Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA (including Camden, NJ); New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Internships are also available in several cities in California, Illinois and Texas.

Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications, but may not request particular judges or courts. Interns will receive an award of $2,000.

Internships for students with an Intellectual Property Law focus will be offered in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Students can indicate their interest on their applications. These specialized spots are limited and any student applying to the program with a request for specialization will also be considered for general litigation internships.

Please review detailed program information or frequently asked questions prior to applying to the program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until January 4, 2016. Early applications are encouraged.

Attention 3Ls! 2016 Honors Fellowship Opportunity with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Due 2/1/2016

EPA Logo

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the chief legal advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal agency with primary responsibility for implementing the nation’s environmental laws.

This is a highly competitive two-year fellowship to start in September 2016. The key objectives are to provide recent law school graduates with the opportunity to practice public sector general or environmental law and to provide OGC with highly motivated, talented, and diverse entry-level lawyers who are interested in a variety of legal work on cutting-edge administrative and environmental law issues. The effectiveness of EPA’s legal responsibilities depends upon the recruitment and hiring of excellent and diverse legal talent. We recognize the need for attorneys and legal interns of varied backgrounds and skills and offer an inclusive environment that relies on those diverse perspectives to ensure that we effectively serve the American people. Students who participate in our programs will experience a new era of outreach and protection for communities historically underrepresented in EPA decision-making. The Agency is building strong working relationships with tribes, communities of color, economically distressed cities and towns, young people and others, but this is just a start. Therefore, we want to make sure we are recruiting the best, the brightest and most diverse EPA ever and ensure EPA is a place for people who are talented, smart, and passionate about protecting the environment.

For more information, click here.

Center for Democracy & Technology Seeking Tech Law & Policy Intern, Due 3/15/2016

CDT Logo

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is currently accepting applications for unpaid internships in Summer 2016.

Summer interns work closely with CDT policy experts, technologists, and attorneys on an array of civil liberties and international human rights issues related to technology and the Internet, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and consumer privacy.

Law students and recent J.D. and LL.M. graduates can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research, drafting reports and legal analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislative proposals and briefs, and creating online educational resources.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Employment Opportunities in the Washington Courts, Immigration Law, and Public Defense

KIND Seeking Children’s Coordinating Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinating Atorney in Seattle

KIND Logo

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 seeks a Children’s Coordinating Attorney to provide representation to unaccompanied immigrant children in Seattle area.

Based in KIND’s Seattle field office, the Children’s Coordinating Attorney will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide appropriate legal orientation presentations to immigrant children at risk of deportation;
  • Complete detainee intakes following presentations;
  • Prepare and conduct pro se workshops and individual orientations to assist these children;
  • Undertake direct representation as permitted for children in their cases before the immigration court and/or review boards;
  • File all relevant paperwork and applications with government agencies, immigration court, and state courts, where applicable;
  • Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters;
  • Participate in staff meetings and KIND-wide calls;
  • Assist in the supervision of law student interns and volunteers;
  • Assist with periodic trainings and presentations; and
  • Serve as an ambassador of KIND with local coalitions, courts, and agencies.

Responsibilities of the Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Interview and screen individual child clients, some in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and help them prepare for their immigration hearings;
  2. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;
  3. Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related state court matters;
  4. Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
  5. Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training;
  6. Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
  7. Participate in conferences, meetings and trainings as needed;
  8. Potentially provide direct representation to individual child clients in immigration or state court dependency proceedings; and
  9. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union – Capital Punishment Project Seeking Spring 2016 Legal Intern for ACLUF Capital Punishment Project

ACLU Logo

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

The Capital Punishment Project (CPP) of the ACLU’s National Office in Durham, N.C. seeks applicants for its Spring 2016 Legal Internship. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student’s school for a work/study stipend or course credit.

The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project’s litigation is conducted throughout the country, with a particular focus on the South.

For more information, click here.

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem Seeking NDS Fellow for Fall 2016, Due 11/25

NDS Logo

THE NEIGHBORHOOD DEFENDER SERVICE OF HARLEM (NDS) is a community-based, holistic public defender office located in Harlem.

NDS Fellows assume the responsibilities of a Staff Attorney, representing clients on misdemeanor cases. This includes appearing in court at clients’ arraignments, regular court appearances, plea negotiations, hearings, and trials. NDS Fellows interview clients and their families in the office or the local jails, conduct legal research, write motions, and compose pre-pleading and pre-sentencing memoranda. NDS Fellows spearhead and coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, team administrators).

NDS Fellows participate in a rigorous and comprehensive training program over the course of the Fellowship. This training includes significant internal training and orientation at the commencement of the Fellowship period, as well as ongoing internal and external training opportunities over the life of the Fellowship. NDS places a high priority on continuing education for staff, and the Fellows are expected to participate in our training program.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Health & Human Services Office of the General Counsel, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Division Seeking 2016 Summer Honors Legal Intern, Due 11/27

DHHS Logo

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division, is seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for its 2016 Summer Honors Legal Intern Program. Legal internship opportunities are available in our Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD offices.

The OGC-CMS Division recruits law students to work as interns each summer. Interns will have the opportunity to assist Division attorneys in all aspects of their work, including research, writing, and client meetings.

For more information, click here.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Public Counsel Seeking Summer Interns

Public Counsel Logo

Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects and several subprojects that accept summer interns. Our projects include a sophisticated appellate law practice, a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions, a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs, an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution, a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness, and complex consumer fraud and impact litigation that addresses the injuries of individuals as well as systemic reform.

Public Counsel’s 2016 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 31, 2016, and ending on August 5, 2016. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications from 2L’s are currently being received and considered.  Applications from 1L’s will not be accepted until December 1, 2015. If you are a 1L, please wait until December 1 to transmit your application.

For more information, click here.

Interested in Working for the US Department of Justice This Summer? 

Wide Range of Practice Areas: As the nation’s largest legal employer, DOJ  offers opportunities for law students and attorneys in virtually every legal practice area. Explore the work of various DOJ organizations and find those that best match your interests and expertise.

Offices Nationwide: Several organizations have offices throughout the country, including the Antitrust Division, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Trustee Program, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The 94 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are organized into districts and located in every state and territory.  More information about Justice field-office locations employing attorneys is available on the DOJ Offices by State Chart.

Law Student Opportunities: Learn everything you need to know about interning or externing at the DOJ. From the Volunteer Internship Program* to the paid SLIPS Program** there’s an opportunity out there for you!

*Please note that application deadlines for the volunteer internship program varies by office.
** The summer 2016 SLIPS deadline has passed. Summer 2017 applications will open in July 2016.

Court of Appeals, Division I of Seattle Seeking Staff Attorney, Position Open Until Filled

Washington Courts Logo

Staff Attorneys assist the court in resolving all types of motions and cases before the court and in handling court administrative matters as requested. Typical duties include reviewing briefs and trial court record, drafting prehearing memoranda, opinions, rulings, and orders. Knowledge and experience handling personal restraint petitions is highly desirable.

Graduation from an accredited law school AND a member in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association AND four years experience in public or private appellate practice, an appellate court, or judicially related system

For more information, click here.

Seattle University School of Law’s Center for Professional Development Hiring Associate Director

SU Law Logo

Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Associate Director to join our community.

Reporting to the Director of the Center for Professional Development(CPD), this position will counsel law students and law school alumni/ae to identify their career interests and goals, as well as to develop skills and strategies for their job searches and professional development.

This position will focus on public interest and government opportunities including the Presidential Management Fellowship Program and the law school’s Summer in D.C. Program.

For more information, click here.

Attention Attorneys with 2+ Years Experience! Nez Perce Tribe Seeking Tribal Prosecutor

Nez Perce Tribe Logo

Nez Perce Tribe seeks Tribal Prosecutor to:

  • Represent the Tribe in all criminal and juvenile cases before Nez Perce Tribal Court, reviewing reports and charging cases, drafting written complaints, motions, proposed orders, legal briefs, jury instructions, sentencing recommendations, and other legal documents.
  • Work closely with the Tribal Police Department, Conservation Enforcement, Social Services, Probation, Domestic Violence Programs, and other tribal agencies in filing and prosecuting their cases in Tribal Court.
  • Supervise an office assistant, deputy prosecutor, and Child Support Enforcement attorney.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle Seeking Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager, Position Open Until Filled

City of Seattle Logo

The City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Manager will provide leadership and vision to ensure innovative, effective strategies to achieve racial equity in the City of Seattle.

The ideal candidate is an experienced and effective advocate for structural change, grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice; a creative thinker; and an effective collaborator, supervisor and project manager.

The RSJI Manager reports directly to the Director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), which coordinates RSJI across Seattle city government. The RSJI Manager and the SOCR Director serve as the primary public faces of the Initiative, establishing and ensuring the integrity and impact of the Initiative within City government and the community. The RSJI Manager supervises 5-7 SOCR staff members who work directly on the Initiative.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking Entry-Level Attorney

API Chaya Seeking Legal Intern for Fall/Winter Quarters, Paid Position, Open Until Filled

API Chaya Logo

API Chaya is seeking a legal intern committed to a minimum of six months with our organization. The intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors.

A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Voter-Engagement Advocate, Full Time Position, Limited Term

ACLU of WA

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Yakima-based Voter Engagement Advocate.

Voting among Latinos in Yakima has been low because the system of voting for the City Council did not provide Latinos an opportunity to elect individuals of their choosing.  As a result of a recent lawsuit brought by the ACLU-WA, the election of Yakima City Council members has been restructured into seven single member districts, two of which are largely Latino.  The ACLU-WA wishes to help the community educate Latino voters about the importance of voting, voter eligibility, and how to register to vote.  The Voter Engagement Advocate is part of the Field Department, and is supervised by the Field Director based in Seattle.  The Voter Engagement Advocate will be responsible for implementing our non-partisan voter education campaign to engage new voters in the upcoming 2015 City of Yakima elections.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal Seeks UW Law Interns for Fall or Winter, Position Open Until Filled

Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal Photo

Litigation Interns are a vital part of our mission to ensure universal access to civil representation for everyone in San Francisco’s highest need neighborhoods. We operate as a general counsel for the neighborhood, helping people with legal issues in over three dozen practice areas.

In our litigation program, you will assist our senior staff attorney in litigation cases that impact many community members. Currently, we are looking for help in a potential suit against a housing provider for fraudulently embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars owned by low-income residents. Possible assignments include interviewing clients and witnesses, investigation and analysis of records and legal documents, drafting memoranda, drafting pleadings and motions, obtaining declarations, and propounding and responding to discovery. We value interns who are passionate about access to civil justice, self-motivated, and have strong client service and project management skills.

To apply, fill out the volunteer form here and email a cover letter and resume to Adrian Tirtanadi, Executive Director.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Advocacy Counsel

Human Rights First Logo

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals.  The Advocacy Counsel, Refugee Protection is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance Human Rights First’s objectives to protect the rights of refugees. S/he will develop plans to persuade policy makers to adopt the Human Rights First’s proposals drawing on resources from across the organization including Human Rights First’s experts in refugee policy, the organization’s communications team, other members of the government relations department, the refugee representation team, and the organization’s leadership.  The Advocacy Counsel will be Human Rights First’s lead liaison on refugee protection issues to the Department of State, Justice, and Homeland Security, the corresponding Congressional committees, Congressional leadership, and other decision makers as necessary, working with other team members.

For more information, click here.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Seeking Government Relations & Public Affairs Intern for Fall 2015, Paid Position

LSC Logo

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

LSC is accepting applications from current undergraduate, graduate, and law school students.  Ideal candidates can work independently, will have excellent research and writing skills and an interest in public service, government or congressional affairs, public affairs or communications. Should have a good understanding of social media and working knowledge of Microsoft Office projects (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).  The internship will run from September – December 2015.

For more information, click here.

State of Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services Seeking Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (Contested Case Representative), Due 8/7

State of Oregon Seal

The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is a progressive business regulatory state agency dedicated to the mission of protecting and serving Oregon’s consumers and workers while supporting a positive business climate.  The successful candidates will represent the division throughout the contested case hearing process, including making recommendations to the administrator and boards for handling of cases, preparing appropriate filings and notices, conducting alternative dispute resolution and coordinating with respondents and the Office of Administrative Hearings. In certain instances the individual represents the division during a contested case hearing.

For more information, click here.

East Bay Community Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Due 8/9

EBCLC Logo

The Health & Welfare Practice of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor to provide representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and families assisted through our medical-legal partnerships with East Bay hospitals and our weekly Public Benefits Clinic, and to assist with the training and supervision of law student interns. The ideal candidate is a strong legal advocate with excellent case management and organizational skills; experience in public benefits advocacy; interest in training law students; and a passion for working with low-income people.

EBCLC is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide high quality legal services to low-income clients and educational opportunities for law students and community volunteers. As UC Berkeley Law School’s community-based clinic, EBCLC is currently the largest provider of free legal services for low-income residents in the East Bay, with a staff of 40 and an annual roster of 150 law student interns providing services to 5,000 clients each year.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment Seeking Food Access Planner, Due 8/11

City of Seattle Logo

The Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) was established as an executive office in 2000 to develop and coordinate environmental policies and programs. As the Food Access Planner, you will strategically grow the Fresh Bucks program to increase access to healthy food for low-income families. Through strategic planning and partnerships, project management, communication and outreach, and collaboration with internal and community partners, you will increase use of the program, expand locations where affordable healthy food is available, and develop leading-edge strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income households.  You will lead OSE’s Fresh Bucks work and also be responsible for managing OSE’s role as the lead partner for Seattle and King County in a recently awarded federal grant, including oversight of federal and matching funds, working closely with the grant lead (Washington State Dept. of Health) and other statewide sub-awardees, and managing implementation and evaluation activities.  This is a key opportunity to develop and manage a program to increase equitable outcomes in our City.

For more information, click here.

Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking Level I Attorney, Due 8/14

Snohomish County PDA

Under general supervision, the Level 1 Attorney represents indigents in criminal cases filed in Snohomish County District Court and Mental Health Civil Commitments.  The Level 1 Attorney must have experience or demonstrated commitment to defending and working with indigent people.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Sara Wilson.  Applicants selected for interviews will also need to submit references and a writing sample.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle Seeking Deputy Director for Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Position Open Until Filled

City of Seattle Logo

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) was established in 2012 with the mission to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s civic, economic, cultural, and linguistic life. To realize our goals and objectives, we have an opportunity to bring in an innovative and experienced Deputy Director who will help OIRA build equity for immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle and establish Seattle as a leader in immigrant integration.

You will develop an innovative growth plan for OIRA to ensure the equitable inclusion of immigrant and refugee needs across all City programs and policies, including preschool, employment, economic development, transit, parks, public safety, and the protection of civil rights, among many others. You’ll use your policy analysis, political judgment and legislative advocacy to address the existing and emerging needs of immigrants and refugees. You will have the opportunity to lead engagement strategies across all OIRA programs and build strong relationships with stakeholders across the City, helping to create an environment that welcomes the participation and engagement of immigrants and refugees in all areas. You will work with the Mayor’s Office and City Council to advance the mission of OIRA.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Justice is Hiring Paid Summer Interns & Entry-Level Attorneys!

DOJ

The online application for the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) opens July 31, 2015.  The deadline for law students and eligible graduates to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Honors Program information and a link to the application is here.  SLIP information and a link to the application is here.  Details regarding the participating components, program eligibility guidelines, and application instructions can be found here.

Attention Pro Bono Project Leaders! Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course Now Open

Registration for Fall Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy Course is Now Open!

Books

Attention leaders of student-initiated pro bono projects including IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, App Help, ELS, Outlaws and any other emerging pro bono legal assistance projects!  Will you be on a pro bono project board or steering committee next year?

Get academic credit for your pro bono legal aid leadership work AND  get concrete tools and skills to apply to your day-to-day organizational leadership and management.  You can now register for our 2 credit Pro Bono Leadership & Advocacy class taught by Dean Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld from the Center for Public Service Law. The class will meet Mondays, 5:30-7:30.

See the syllabus here. Registration is by instructor permission only so please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu to register. Ideally we’d like at least two student leaders from each student-led pro bono project.  Photo courtesy of StockVault.

Wondering How You Can Be a White Ally?

Check out Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy, A Trip to the Grocery Store

U.S. Department of Justice Announces New Mobile App

DOJ

Get the latest information about legal careers at Justice with our mobile app, DOJ Law Jobs. Users can quickly and easily create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.  DOJ Law Jobs is available for free on iTunes for Apple iPhone and iPad, and the Play Store for Android devices.

Professionalism Tip of the Week! 10 Common Email Mistakes: Using Email Effectively 

Rainbow

By Keith Jackson | Mind Tools

How many hours do you spend communicating by email every day?  Most of us would answer “Too many!”  According to a study by McKinsey® & Company, people spend 28 percent of their working week reading and replying to emails. However, despite the risk of becoming overloaded with messages, it remains one of the most powerful and efficient communication tools.

Using email is a quick and easy way to stay connected with your team members, customers and stakeholders, particularly those who are geographically dispersed. However, it can be very easy to send ineffective emails, create the wrong impression, or even damage your reputation with sloppy practices.  In this article, we’ll look at 10 common mistakes that people make when they send emails, and explore what you can do to avoid these.

Continue reading here.  Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Biletskiy Evgeniy

Opportunity for Service: WSBA Council on Public Defense

WSBA Logo

The WSBA Council on Public Defense (CPD) was established to implement the recommendations of the WSBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense, which was appointed by the Board of Governors in 2003 as a first step in addressing concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington. Today, the CPD provides a unique and valuable forum for bringing together representatives of the Bar, prosecutors, private and public criminal defense counsel, the bench, elected officials and the public.

The WSBA is now recruiting volunteers to serve on the CPD. Except as noted, the members of the CPD are appointed for two-year terms, with the ability to renew their membership on the CPD for up to four years. All positions will begin Oct. 1, 2015. The open positions include:

  • Three current or former prosecutors/city attorneys. Two of the prosecutors/city attorneys will be appointed for two-year terms. One prosecutor/city attorney will be appointed for a one-year term.
  • One at-large member who will be appointed for a one-year term.

To apply, login to myWSBA, then use this link to access the committee application.

The application deadline is 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2015. Please do not apply for any committee other than the Council on Public Defense, as the deadline for other committees has passed.

Equal Justice Victory, WA Contemplative Lawyers & Debtors’ Prison Film

Northwest Justice Project Announces Equal Justice Victory

NJP LogoJuly 23, 2014–By César E. Torres

In a major victory for Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities and access to justice for Workers Compensation claimants, DOJ/DOL have found that L&I policies, practices, and procedures are inconsistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and implementing regulations and L&I grant obligations.  DOJ/DOL issued a 33 page decision in response to a complaint filed by NJP on behalf of 8 limited English proficient workers claiming denial of language access by the Department of Labor and Industries – Insurance Services Division.

 

The DOJ/DOL investigation found violations including, the failure (a) to take specific steps to develop, assess, and monitor its Language Assistance Program; (b) to adequately identify the language needs of claimants; (c) to assess the competency and quality of its interpretation services; (d) to ensure that all claimants are provided vital documents and information in a timely manner in a language they can understand, and (e) provide adequate notice of LEP claimants of available language assistance services. Specifically, DOJ/DOL decided that L&I needs to translate vital documents into languages other than Spanish, including Russian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian and “a few” of the other more frequently encountered languages.  The list of vital documents required to be translated is extensive. 

 

This is a huge victory for all LEP workers in Washington and a major step to obtaining better and more just access to this important worker benefit system, particularly after the Kustera cases, in which the Washington Supreme Court rejected an array of language protections for LEP claimants in the L&I hearing process.  L&I has agreed to work toward developing an adequate language access program with appropriate monitoring and negotiations are underway. 

 

Congratulations to NJP attorneys Kelly Owen, Senior Attorney-Bellingham, Leticia Camacho, NJP-King County, and Patrick Pleas, NJP-Wenatchee, who filed and litigated the extensively documented complaint three years ago, with assistance from Kristi Cruz, NJP-CLEAR. 

 

Working in Downtown Seattle this Summer? Don’t Miss the WA Contemplative Lawyers Group!

Mindfulness Present Moment logoA growing number of legal professionals across the nation are applying mindfulness-based skills and training to lawyering. Read more about us here.

Monday Mid-Day Guided Meditation for Legal Professionals

Mondays (except holidays) from 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm at the WSBA offices (1325 Fourth Ave; 11th floor) in downtown Seattle. Please arrive at 11:50 am as we start the sit promptly at 12 pm. No experience required. No charge. Just an opportunity to practice mindful meditation together at the beginning of the work week.

Learn more here.

 

New Film Decries The Return Of Debtors Prisons

Saki Knafo, Huffington Post

Over the past decade, towns and counties across the United States have been locking up a growing number of people for failing to pay their debts. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice documented the practice in 2010, and Human Rights Watch released the results of its own investigation earlier this year.

Critics have decried the return of the debtors prison, the reviled institution of Charles Dickens’ day. Now, a short documentary, “To Prison for Poverty,” sheds light on a particularly contentious aspect of the story.

In Alabama, Georgia, and other Southern states, many local governments have signed contracts with “private probation” companies — for-profit firms that specialize in collecting fees and fines from people who owe the courts money for low-level infractions, usually traffic-related. Halli Wood, an unemployed 17-year-old from the small town of Columbiana, Alabama, told Brave New Films she was placed on probation with one of the largest of these companies, Judicial Correction Services, or JCS, after she couldn’t come up with the money to pay off a seat belt ticket.

Read the full article and watch part 2 of the film here.