Planning for Fellowships in 2015? Apply Now, Apply Early!

Attention All Law Students!  Washington State Supreme Court Seeking Survey Volunteer Interviewers, Due 6/1/14

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Under auspices of the Washington State Supreme Court CLNS Update Committee, work with the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid and Washington State University’s Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (WSU-SESRC) conducting face-to-face interviews to update our understanding of the unmet civil (non-criminal) legal problems faced by low-income residents of Washington State.

Time commitment: Completion of up to 3 hours of required training; up to 15 contact hours for completing 8 interviews and entering information.

Interviewer’s primary responsibility will be to conduct face-to-face interviews with low-income Washington State residents & enter the data into a secure data base following the interview. The project includes mandatory training in interviewing protocols.

For a complete description on the scope of the volunteer work and application instructions, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Institutions Project Staff Attorney, Due 6/25/14

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The Institutions Project (IP) is seeking a full-time attorney with a minimum of five years of litigation experience.  IP is an advocacy team consisting of five attorneys, a paralegal, and two legal assistants. IP engages in system systemic advocacy for individuals and groups, in collaboration with other programs and the private, on behalf of people in facilities for the developmentally disabled, psychiatric hospitals, and adult and juvenile state and local correctional facilities throughout Washington.  IP systemic advocacy has focused on cases that have a broad impact on solving the most critical issues of clients in institutions, including class actions, legislative representation and other policy advocacy on behalf of clients.

Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator, staff attorneys provide civil legal advice and representation in areas of importance to Columbia Legal Services low-income clients.  Staff attorneys are expected to be able to use the full range of potential forums appropriate to address relevant issues for our clients, including litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and administrative or legislative representation.  The changing needs of our clients require attorneys to engage in an ongoing effort to gain and share expertise and resources with their coworkers and others throughout the Alliance for Equal Justice.

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

Community Legal Services in Philly Accepting 2015 Fellowship Applications, Due 7/7

CLSPhillyCommunity Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia (CLS) sponsors law students and lawyers for fellowships funded by the Independence Foundationthe Skadden Fellowship FoundationEqual Justice Works, the Open Society Foundations, theStoneleigh Foundation, the Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging, and other fellowship programs (including fellowships offered directly by law schools).  Fellows work closely with our experienced staff attorneys and are directly supervised by a more senior attorney.  Fellows carry their own caseload and gain valuable experience in providing a wide range of services, from brief advice and counsel to representation at administrative hearings, judicial proceedings, and appeals.  Fellows are also deeply involved in our policy and systemic advocacy work.  Past fellows have provided crucial advocacy for our clients, contributed greatly to CLS’ development as a legal services organization, and many have become long-term members of our staff.

CLS invites law students beginning their third year, recent law school graduates, and those with judicial clerkships to apply for sponsorship for a fellowship.  For consideration for fellowships that begin in 2015, applications will be accepted until Monday, July 7, 2014. 

For a complete description and application instructions, click here. Please note this post has recently been corrected.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program Seeking Rule 9 Intern, Due 12/31

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The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides access to justice through free civil legal aid to low income residents of East and Northeast King County Washington and domestic violence legal aid throughout King County.

Your role as a Rule 9 Intern will be to assist ELAP DV Staff Attorneys in their representation of clients who are survivors of domestic violence.  This volunteer position requires a minimum of ten hours a week for a minimum of one semester.

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

Veteran Legal Corps Fellowship at NJP, Fall Externships in DC & San Diego, Colorado Migrant Farm Worker Justice and Fellowships with Equal Rights Advocates in SF

Northwest Justice Project Hiring Post Grad Veteran Legal Corps Fellows

homeless_veteransThe Northwest Justice Project is now accepting applications for three new one-year fellowships sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works to focus exclusively on assisting at-risk and homeless veterans remove barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency.  This Fellowship is focused on attorneys with 0-1 year experience, but NJP will consider applicants with up to 3 years’ experience, contingent on Equal Justice Works approval.  For complete info click here.  Applications due no later than July 22.

Fall Externship with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in DC

CFSYlogoThe Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) works to end the practice of sentencing youth to life without the possibility of parole (JLWOP) in the United States. The CFSY works with advocates across the United States and in Washington, D.C. that use public education, advocacy, and litigation as strategies to pursue this goal. We work with active state campaigns and are advised by a committee of experts in the field.

Duties:

  • Collaborate with attorneys in post-conviction challenges to juvenile life without parole sentences
  • Participate in amicus strategies in state supreme court cases regarding the implementation of Miller v. Alabama
  • Develop trainings and materials to be used in mitigation hearings
  • Track case law developments with regards to Miller v. Alabama
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Demonstrated interest in public interest or criminal defense law. Second or third year law student. Excellent legal writing and research skills. Well developed organizational skills and attention to detail.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3-5 pages) toinfo@fairsentencingofyouth.org no later than August 1.

Colorado Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney for Migrant Farm Worker Division

colorado farm workers pesticides1 resized smallColorado Legal Services Migrant Farm Worker Division cases mainly involve issues surrounding the working conditions of farm workers (e.g., wages, pesticides, sexual harassment and human trafficking), immigration law cases, as well as cases occasionally related to housing, benefits or civil rights. Duties include federal and state litigation; administrative advocacy; summer outreach to workers at labor camps; and working with community-based groups. The staff attorney will assume a caseload that includes federal litigation and will supervise summer interns doing outreach throughout Colorado. Excellent opportunity to work with other advocates committed to combating poverty and injustice in a friendly and supportive office environment.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate has experience working with or on behalf of low-income communities, a demonstrated commitment to workplace and social justice, excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to successfully balance a variety of responsibilities. Spanish/English proficiency and regular travel in Colorado is required. Preference for applicants with prior litigation experience and admission to the Colorado Bar or eligible for reciprocal admission.

Applications considered on a rolling basis; position open until filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, list of three references and one legal writing sample to:

Amy Wood-Ocaña, Migrant Farm Worker Division, Colorado Legal Services, 1905 Sherman St., Ste. 400, Denver, CO 80203; awoodocana@colegalserv.org.

Need Some Sun in the Fall? Labor-Side Public Interest Firm in San Diego Hiring Fall Legal Clerks

OLG Logo NewOchoa Legal Group is seeking 1-2 law clerks for Fall 2013 positions in workers’ rights. The firm is committed to training and mentoring the next generation of law students interested in joining the ranks of union-side labor lawyers, and takes great pride in giving students challenging work opportunities that mirror the daily work done by our lawyers while providing exposure to the wide variety of issues that arise in the labor and employment field.

A law clerk can expect to take on brief-writing, assist with grievances and arbitrations, hearings, negotiations, meet with clients, engage in community legal education and work on litigation in state court, federal court, and various administrative agencies.

To be considered for a law clerk position, 2L and 3L law students should forward a resume, cover letter, references, writing sample and law school transcript to Ochoa Legal Group.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For complete application instructions please click here.

White House Council on Environmental Quality Seeking Fall 2013 Externs from UW Law 

CEQThe Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. The Council’s Chair, Nancy Sutley, serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to the President.

CEQ is also responsible for ensuring that Federal agencies operate in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The challenge of harmonizing our economic, environmental and social aspirations has put NEPA and CEQ at the forefront of our Nation’s efforts to protect the environment.

CEQ interns are given a wide range of assignments including conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos on a variety of environmental issues. Interns have the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking projects, working closely with staff from all levels and a variety of backgrounds. The pace in the office is fast, so accuracy and attention to detail are absolute requirements. Interns can expect to begin with the basics and gradually add more specialized projects as they gain experience.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The last day to apply for the fall term has been extended to July 12. For complete info and application instructions please click here.

Equal Rights Advocates Opening 2014 Ruth Chance Fellow Applications

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ERA has been a pioneer in advancing gender equity in work and schools for women and girls across the country since its founding.  Through our campaign approach—which incorporates public education, direct services, legislative advocacy, and litigation—ERA seeks to assist women and girls throughout a life-long continuum: from ensuring access and equity in educational institutions, to combating sex discrimination in employment, to advocating for policies that make the workplace more hospitable to working families.  From assisting in the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act to arguing seminal gender rights cases before the United States Supreme Court, ERA is known for being the home of visionary leaders, unflinching advocates, and hard-nosed litigators for justice.

The Ruth Chance Law Fellowship is an entry level position for a recent law school graduate, which offers the opportunity to obtain training and experience in litigation and other aspects of public interest practice.  As a member of the legal team at ERA, the Ruth Chance Law Fellow oversees the Advice and Counseling program, assists other attorneys with litigation and special projects, and participates in community outreach, public education, and policy advocacy efforts. For more about the position and application instructions please click here.

ERA is also seeking to sponsor Equal Justice Works or Skadden fellows. For more about these post grad fellowship opportunities with ERA please click here.