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.

Happy New Year Jobs Edition for 3Ls & Recent Grads!

White House Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications


Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Act fast! Applications due no later than January 15. For more info click here. To access the application click here.

Earthjustice Seeking Entry-Level Associate Attorney in Alaska

EarthJustice

The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an associate attorney position.  The core issues of the Alaska office docket are protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management.  Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

Among other responsibilities, the associate will

  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda on issues relating to ongoing or potential      litigation projects;
  • Draft motions, briefs and other pleadings;
  • Prepare comments on proposed agency actions and environmental impact statements;
  • Assist with discovery; and
  • Interact with clients and work with experts.

The associate attorney may have primary responsibility for some matters but will generally work collaboratively with other lawyers in the office.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. Act fast! Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Disability Rights Washington Hiring Resource Attorney

DRW

Disability Rights Washington (DRW), a private non-profit organization advocating for the rights of people with disabilities seeks an attorney to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities across Washington.

The attorney will spend a significant portion of his or her time assisting people with disabilities who call and write about legal issues to gain information about their rights and strategies to improve their self advocacy efforts. Responsibilities also include responding to allegations of abuse and neglect, developing and disseminating information and referral resources, and investigation into systemic legal violations regarding individuals with disabilities.

The attorney must have very strong oral and written communication skills.  Additionally, the attorney must be an organized, self-motivated professional who is able to work collaboratively with other DRW staff to engage in creative, multimodal advocacy strategies to achieve social justice for Washingtonians with psychiatric, developmental, sensory, and physical disabilities.

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

Excellent research and writing skills, academic performance, and references are required. Attorneys with disabilities and attorneys with bilingual fluency are strongly encouraged to apply.

For complete information and application instructions please click here. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through January 13.

Applications for NWIRP Attorney Position in Tacoma are due January 6

NWIRP

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual attorney (with strong preference for a Spanish-speaking attorney) to work with individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration detention facility that houses up to 1575 detainees. The attorney will be providing legal representation and assistance to individuals in removal proceedings.

The attorney will provide legal services under the Legal Orientation Program (“LOP”), which is funded by the Executive Office for Immigration Review and managed by the Vera Institute. Through the LOP, NWIRP staff give detained individuals essential information about court procedures and available options for legal relief prior to their immigration hearing. The LOP consists of four primary components: (1) group orientations; (2) individual sessions; (3) self-help training in the form of pro se workshops; and (4) referral of cases to pro bono attorneys. Information about the LOP can be found at the Department of Justice website (http://www.justice.gov/eoir/probono/probono.htm) and the Vera Institute website (http://www.vera.org/project/legal-orientation-program).

The attorney will also provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit court of appeals. Between the LOP and direct representation work, attorneys will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Special consideration will be given to attorneys with at least two years of prior relevant legal experience, but all applicants with the qualifications listed below are welcome to apply.

Applications due by January 6! For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Announcing the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship- Apps Due January 10

clinton-fulbright fellowship

Foreign Service Careers, Trial Courts Documents Class & Webinar on Effect of Criminal Debt on Reentry

September 9- Interested in a Career in the Foreign Service? Attend a Special Workshop at UW Jackson School

state dept seal LARGEThe Jackson School will be hosting a special workshop next Monday evening looking at how to maximize your chances of success at the final stage of the Foreign Service selection: the oral assessment. This workshop, led by the West Coast Diplomat in Residence Steven A. Browning, will cover the three main elements of the oral assessment and what State Department evaluators are looking for in their candidates. This workshop is free and open to all students, graduates, and alumni who are applying to, or have an interest in the Foreign service. To learn more about career opportunities with the Foreign Service click here.

When? Monday, September 9th, 6– 8pm, Where? Room 101, Thomson Hall, University of Washington

September 11- Perfect Class for Fall Externs! Finding and Filing: Trial Court Documents in King County 

Superior Court Clerks

Finding and Filing: Trial Documents in King County is a 90 minute class designed to introduce King County’s most useful electronic tools of the trade. We teach you how to locate, retrieve, and file King County documents from the comfort of your own office. Topics include:

  • How to retrieve documents from DCOR (District Court Online Records)
  • How to retrieve documents from ECR Online (King County Superior Court Records)
  • How to use the Washington Courts Case Searcher (for Washington State Superior Courts)
  • eFiling basics (for electronically initiating cases in King County Superior Court, and for electronically filing documents into existing King County Superior Court cases)

Wednesday, September 11th, 12:00-1:30pm. Class is free of charge. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. Class will be held in the Seattle law library on the sixth floor of the King County Courthouse at 516 3rd Avenue, Suite W621.  Call the Library at 206-477-1305 to sign up. 

September 12- Trapped: The Effect of Criminal Debt on Reentry, Free Webinar

jail handsThe criminal justice system has increasingly imposed fees, costs, and charges as well as fines and restitution amounts, on people who are convicted, or sometimes merely accused, of crimes over the past decade. The result: a dramatic increase in debt among people with conviction records. These individuals can become trapped in the complex web of the criminal justice system, debt, and poverty.

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Illinois Asset Building Group will cosponsor a webinar exploring criminal defendant/prisoner debt in the U.S. and its effects on reentry and asset building opportunities. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys Carl Takei and Eric Balaban will discuss recent data on the level criminal debt and its impacts on individuals and society at large. Rebecca Vallas, an attorney with the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, will examine effective programs and policies for mitigating such impacts.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST

Register Now 

Plentiful Government Service Internships & Jobs

U.S. Army JAG On-Campus Interviews

US army JAGThe U.S. Army JAG has registered for OCI on Friday, September 27.  Captain Elisabeth Gilman, from Joint Base Lewis McChord, will be on campus to interview all interested 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M.s.

Applications are being accepted through the OCI tab in “Symplicity”.  To see complete information and to apply, select OCI Fall 2013 – Session 2”, then select the Review” button.  You may bid for an interview with Captain Gilman by submitting a cover letter and a resume.  Application deadline is Thursday, September 12, 2013. 

Please visit http://www.goarmy.com/jag.html for guidance and complete application requirements.

San Francisco City Attorney 2014 Legal Intern Program Seeking Applicants for Spring, Summer & Fall

SF city attyThe San Francisco City Attorney’s Office seeks 35 1Ls and 2Ls for its unpaid part-time (min. 20 hrs/wk) Summer (early June – early Aug.) Internship Program, and approximately 25 2Ls and 3Ls for unpaid, part-time (min. 10 hrs/wk) internships in each of the Spring (mid-Jan. – mid-Apr.) and Fall (early Sept. – early Nov.) semesters.

Attorneys are organized into teams and, as closely as possible, intern will be placed in teams according to their preferences.  Litigation-oriented teams include Child Protection and Family Services, Code Enforcement, Contracts & Construction, Complex Litigation, Government, Labor, Land Use, Litigation, and Workers’ Compensation.  Other teams include Airport (located at SFO), Energy and Telecommunications, Ethics & Elections, Finance and Real Estate, Health & Human Services, Port (Located at Pier 1), Public Utilities, Taxation, and Transportation.

Interns work closely with 2-3 Deputy City Attorneys in drafting regulations and statutes, reviewing contracts, representing the City in court, and advising City agencies and departments.  They may also observe trials and depositions.  All interns attend a 1-day orientation program, receive computer training, and participate in CLEs, lectures, events and tours.  Past activities have included a ride on a Fireboat, as well as tours of Pacific Bell Park, the Animal Care and Control facility, the Youth Guidance Center, and the court system.

The Office provides legal services to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, School District, and other City and County offices.

For complete info and application instructions please click here.

King County Superior Court Judicial Clerk/Bailiff Position for 2014 Grad

KC superior courtThis is a year-long judicial clerkship in King County Superior Court beginning in August of 2014. Duties include assisting the judge with legal research and writing, processing orders, managing the court’s calendar, trial management, and overseeing all functions of the courtroom. You may also supervise legal externs and interns working in chambers, including assisting them with research and writing projects. The position is an extremely rewarding experience for a young lawyer interested in litigation. You will learn a great deal about the trial court, the rules of procedure, and motion and trial practice.  Washington State Bar membership is required.

Qualified applicants should possess strong oral communication and writing skills, attention to detail, and an ability to manage multiple tasks at one time. In addition, the position requires someone who is customer service-oriented, enjoys interacting with people, including jurors, attorneys, pro se litigants, and the general public, in a helpful, courteous manner.

Interested applicants should forward a resume, cover letter, law school transcript, short writing sample (5-7 pages) and a list of references (4 maximum) to Kathleen Manning, bailiff/law clerk for Judge Mariane Spearman via email at spearman.court@kingcounty.gov.  Interviews will be conducted at the King County Courthouse in October or November of 2013.  All applications must be received by October 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm to be considered for this position. Persons of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Federal Communications Commission Now Accepting Applications for Attorney Honors Program

FCCApplications for the Fall 2014 program will be accepted through October 1, 2013.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Attorney Honors Program is a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce law school graduates to the field of communications law and policy. On July 26, 2013, the FCC will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2014 class from law students in their final year of study and judicial clerks. Applications must be received October 1, 2013.

Honors Program attorneys will participate in the many varied aspects of federal administrative practice as they relate to the FCC’s oversight of television, radio, cable, wireless, wireline, satellite, and other communications services and facilities. Participants will also benefit from a wide variety of learning experiences. Attorneys at the FCC draft decisions in adjudicatory and rulemaking matters, work with internal and external constituencies to resolve complex policy issues before the agency, participate in international negotiations, represent the FCC in dealings with other government agencies, Congress and the private sector, and defend FCC decisions in the federal courts. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

US Mission to the European Union Seeking Legal Interns

US State DeptThe U.S. Mission to the European Union (USEU) seeks highly motivated students for several internship opportunities. Interns at USEU serve as full-time and respected members of the Mission team, allowing them to gain a comprehensive understanding of major issues in the transatlantic relationship and acquire first-hand practical experience of the diplomatic work of the U.S. government.

Both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens may apply to intern at USEU, but only U.S. citizens are eligible for certain internships.  A security clearance must be obtained for certain internships. While internships are unpaid, we offer a rewarding experience in an excellent working environment.

USEU is situated in the heart of Brussels and enjoys convenient access to public transportation. For insight into the activities of our Mission’s interns, visit the USEU Intern blog on Facebook.

LEGAL INTERNSHIPS: The  U.S. AmbassadorDeputy Chief of Mission, and Legal Counselor are located in the Executive Office (EXEC). This intern will have first-hand exposure to the workings of USEU at the highest level on a range of key policy and legal issues.  Specific duties, under the supervision of the Staff Assistant, are likely to include preparing briefing materials for the Ambassador, performing research and assisting in the preparation of the Ambassador’s public remarks, and helping represent the U.S. government at public events.

This intern also works directly with the Mission’s legal counselor, tracking and analyzing cases in the European Court of Justice with a nexus to U.S. policy, as well as observing and reporting on other legal developments relating to the EU institutions. Applicants from U.S. law schools are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply: This internship is open to U.S. Citizens only. Please apply here and clearly mention in your statement of purpose that you wish to intern in the Executive Office of USEU.