WA Supreme Court on domestic violence, 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship, Legal Checkup for Veterans.

Supreme Court recognizes harm to children exposed to domestic violence – parents can petition for Protection OrdersNJP Logo

The scourge of family and intimate partner violence plagues every community and causes long-term physical and emotional injuries to victims and children. Despite strong legislative safeguards, judges across the state have been unwilling to grant the full protections of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA). NJP’s statewide campaign to ensure families and children receive the full protections of law resulted in several court rulings that dramatically improve protections for Washington families. For complete article click here.  

Due July 17: National Juvenile Defender Center: 2017-2019 Gault Fellowship

Application Due:  Monday, July 17, 2017

Recent law school graduates (Class of 2016 or 2017) are invited to apply for a two-year juvenile defense fellowship at the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington, D.C. starting in September 2017.

The Gault Fellowship is in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault. The Gault decision extended to children many of the same due process protections afforded to adults accused of crimes, including the right to counsel. Learn more and apply here.

New online tool helps veterans identify legal issues and take action to resolve them 

The American Bar Association, ARAG® legal insurance and CuroLegal announced the launch of a new online tool, Legal Checkup for Veterans. The free web-based application helps veterans identify legal needs in their lives – and provides them with straightforward suggestions and resources to help resolve their legal issues.

The online tool is part of a signature initiative by ABA President Linda Klein to improve legal services for veterans, and will complement other resources being developed by the ABA Veterans Legal Services Commission .

“Legal Checkup for Veterans is a much-needed tool that offers a necessary first step in solving this important group’s access to justice issues,” Klein said. “It provides veterans with free and fast help in identifying their legal needs and clear paths to resolution.” Further information here.

Looking for Pro Bono Opportunities? Volunteer with the WA Vets Wills Clinic on October 24th!

Pro Bono Opportunity Eligible for Pro Bono Honors: Washington Vets Wills Clinic on Saturday, October 24

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The Washington Vets Wills Clinic (“Clinic”) has been providing pro bono legal advice and free estate planning documents to eligible Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve members, and their spouses for three years.  Founded in 2012, the Clinic is a coalition of philanthropic, educational, civic, and veterans’ service organizations dedicated to giving back to former members of the military. The Clinic assists Veterans while providing pro bono opportunities to the legal community and experiential learning through service to law students.

The second annual North Sound Clinic will be hosted in Seattle on 24 October 2015, at the University of Washington School of Law.  The Clinic’s goal is to ensure that every attending Veteran and spouse meets with a lawyer and leaves the Clinic with an executed and notarized will, power of attorney, and health care directive.

To participate in the Clinic, Veterans apply online and the information requested in the application is used to create unique estate planning documents for each Veteran client. Not all that apply are accepted, and the Clinic reserves the right to determine rules of use and participation.  Once the Veteran and spouse are accepted, Clinic staff assigns them an appointment time.  On the day of the Clinic, Veterans check in, enjoy refreshments, and visit with the clinic partners and other veterans until their appointment time.

At their appointment time, the assigned law clerk greets the Veteran and their spouse, and accompanies them to a room where they meet in confidence with an assigned lawyer.  The lawyer interviews, counsels, and advises the clients while the law clerks draft any changes to the packet of pre-filled estate planning documents.  The lawyer reviews these with the clients and, once final copies are printed, guides them through execution of the documents.  Volunteer notaries public assist with formally executing the documents.  Finally, the law clerk escorts the clients back to the lobby.

A free Continuing Legal Education training class precedes each Clinic event, to teach lawyers and supporting volunteers the estate planning process, and to acquaint them with the basic documents used at the Clinic.

As one second-year law student volunteer observed, “As I saw the Vets leave after their sessions, they left holding hands with their spouses, smiling and thanking volunteers.  It was apparent that the services we provided had both legal and emotional benefits for the clients.”  Those legal and emotional benefits extend to the students, who find it very gratifying to serve the Veterans population, while learning about estate planning from practicing attorneys.

Law students can volunteer in two ways. The first is to volunteer for the day of the clinic, for a morning shift, afternoon shift, or all day (both) shift. The day of shifts will involve a combination of observing attorneys advising veteran clients, as well as general all-around and administrative tasks. The Clinic will work diligently to provide a combination of exposure to legal work as well as general purpose work. The second way to volunteer is for making confirmation calls to the veteran clients of their appointments, which will occur on Sat Oct 17th. This option allows for an hour or two of service, though the confirmations are more administrative than legal work. Please volunteer through the online form at www.wavetswillclinic.com/volunteer and use the comments box to indicate what volunteer opportunity you are interested in.

ABA Announces Mini-Grants for Projects Expanding Pro Bono Attorneys Representation of Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

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ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants to legal assistance providers engaging pro bono attorneys to represent unaccompanied minor immigrants. The mini-grants are intended to provide initial financial support for innovative and sustainable pro bono models of legal representation of unaccompanied minor immigrants.

Applications are due no later than September 30, 2015. Please click here to view and download the Request for Proposals and Grant Application.

Questions regarding the mini-grants should be directed to Juliet Gilbert.

Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference – Last week for interview applications!

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The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  More than 140 public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. Students and recent graduates can apply for interviews through September 14 and may register to attend informal table talk networking and workshop sessions through October 9. UW Law students who’ve secured interviews may be eligible for limited funding associated with travel costs to DC. Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu for more details.

For more information, visit the Equal Justice Works website.

King County’s First Equity & Social Justice Strategic Plan: We Want to Hear from Local Organizations!

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King County is in the early stages of developing an actionable, countywide strategic plan to advance Equity and Social Justice in our region.  We need your input to ensure the plan is informed and grounded in the true needs and opportunities within communities, as well as how the county can act as a responsive and effective partner. 

We are asking organizations in all sectors to please go to our survey to share your ideas on how to increase equity in King County.  Let us know what issues we should collectively tackle, what’s working to increase equity, and what are emerging opportunities. We also want your ideas about how we can collectively partner to advance equity in our region.

We will continue to stay in touch about this process as we collectively shape priorities and strategies.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Washington Vets Will Clinic, 10/24 (Seattle)

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: Day-long, TBD
Location: University of Washington School of Law, 4293 Memorial Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98195
Registration: To volunteer, complete the Volunteer Application
Contact: Click here

Volunteers Needed: Attorney, Notary Public, Law Student, or Community Member

The Washington Vets Wills Clinic (“Clinic”) has been providing pro bono legal advice and free estate planning documents to eligible Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve members, and their spouses for three years. Founded in 2012, the Clinic is a coalition of philanthropic, educational, civic, and veterans’ service organizations dedicated to giving back to former members of the military. The Clinic assists Veterans while providing pro bono opportunities to the legal community and experiential learning through service to law students.

The first North Sound Clinic will be hosted in Seattle on October 24, 2015, by the University of Washington School of Law. The Clinic’s goal is to ensure that every attending Veteran and spouse meets with a lawyer and leaves the Clinic with an executed and notarized will, power of attorney, and health care directive.

To participate in the Clinic, Veterans apply online and the information requested in the application is used to create unique estate planning documents for each Veteran client. Not all that apply are accepted, and the Clinic reserves the right to determine rules of use and participation. Once the Veteran and spouse are accepted, Clinic staff assigns them an appointment time. On the day of the Clinic, Veterans register, enjoy refreshments, and visit with the partners and each other until their appointment time.

At their appointment time, the assigned law clerk greets the Veteran and their spouse, and accompanies them to a room where they meet in confidence with an assigned lawyer. The lawyer interviews, counsels, and advises the clients while the law clerks draft any changes to the packet of pre-filled estate planning documents. The lawyer reviews these with the clients and, once final copies are printed, guides them through execution of the documents. Volunteer notaries public assist with formally executing the documents. Finally, the law clerk escorts the clients back to the lobby.

A free Continuing Legal Education training class precedes each Clinic event, to teach lawyers and supporting volunteers the estate planning process, and to acquaint them with the basic documents used at the Clinic.

As one second-year law student volunteer observed, “As I saw the Vets leave after their sessions, they left holding hands with their spouses, smiling and thanking volunteers. It was apparent that the services we provided had both legal and emotional benefits for the clients.” Those legal and emotional benefits extend to the students, who find it very gratifying to serve the Veterans population, while learning about estate planning from practicing attorneys.

Law Student Role: Law students can volunteer in two ways. The first is to volunteer for the day of the clinic, for a morning shift, afternoon shift, or all day (both) shift. The day of shifts will involve a combination of observing attorneys advising veteran clients, as well as general all-around and administrative tasks. The Clinic will work diligently to provide a combination of exposure to legal work as well as general purpose work. The second way to volunteer is for making confirmation calls to the veteran clients of their appointments, which will be decided. This option allows for an hour or two of service, though the confirmations are more administrative than legal work. Please volunteer through the online volunteer form.

 

Kick back, relax, and check out some of these cool job opportunities

Due July 17: U.S. Dept of Health & Human Service, Civil Rights Division seeking recent grads for general attorney positions!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Civil Rights Division is seeking applicants with at least one year of legal experience post bar for two general attorney positions in Washington, D.C. at the GS-11 to GS-14 level ($63,722 – 139,523).  The attorneys will provide legal advice and services to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in one position, in regard to the enforcement and administration of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules; and in the other position, in regard to civil rights issues with a primary focus on the on the enforcement and administration of Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in certain health programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability.   Applications may be submitted until July 17, 2015.  See attached announcements for additional information.

Due August 15: Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth – LEGAL ADVOCACY INTERN – FALL 2015

The legal internships at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth will give law students an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of constitutional and human rights law. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole and is one of only three countries that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which expressly forbids this practice. There are more than 2,500 individuals currently serving life without parole sentences that they received as juveniles. The goal of the campaign is to support litigation and legislative strategies to abolish life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in the United States and ensure that all children have a meaningful opportunity to obtain release.

The legal advocacy intern’s work may include researching and writing legal memos analyzing potential priority states for the future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation, and exploring potential partnerships with state-based community groups.  During the legislative session, this work will be dynamic based on the advocacy team’s needs.

Please email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to info@fairsentencingofyouth.org.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Due August 31: U.S. EPA 2016 Summer Honors Law Clerk Program (Washington, D.C.)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, in Washington DC is taking applications for their 2016 Summer Honors Law Clerk Program.  OGC operates a highly competitive, 12-week volunteer Summer Honors Program for law clerks who have completed their second year (or the equivalent for part-time students) at an American Bar Association accredited law school.  OGC is committed to providing law clerks with a tremendous legal learning experience.  Law clerks can expect to gain experience researching and writing about administrative, environmental, and general law issues.  Law clerks are also assigned individual mentors and have opportunities to participate in client meetings, attend field trips, and improve professional skills. 

Please include the attached fact sheet and demographic form (vacancy announcement number blank) in your listings of available summer job opportunities.  Also, note that the application deadline is August 31, 2015.  For more information about OGC, please visit our website: www.epa.gov/ogc/summerhonors.htm.

If you have any questions, please contact me on (202) 564-0052.  

Due September 30: LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES (LAFLA) – VETERANS LEGAL CORPS FELLOW

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Manage independent veterans benefits and military discharge upgrade caseload, which includes interviewing clients, developing case plans, propounding discovery, legal research and filing claims;
  • Represent Veterans in administrative hearings before the Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans’ Appeals, or the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims;
  • Assume responsibility for major impact caseload including complex cases;
  • Place and supervise veterans benefits cases with pro bono attorneys and law students;
  • Staff community clinics for Veterans who are homeless and/or very low-income; and
  • Develop Materials to publicize the project to a variety of audiences.

HOW TO APPLY – Please submit a resume to Diane Talamantez, Human Resources, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1102 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90019; jobs@lafla.org; or via fax at (323)801-7945.

OXFAM AMERICA – DIRECTOR, PRIVATE SECTOR DEPARTMENT (PSD)

A unique opportunity to spearhead Oxfam America’s Private Sector growth initiatives and evolving influence as a thought leader in applied social innovation and alliances and partnerships to co-create sustainable solutions to complex global challenges that enhance the rights and opportunities of the poor. As Sector Leader, this position serves as a key ambassador for all private sector initiatives including policy and campaign advocacy, direct collaboration with private sector industry leaders, innovation and expansion of sub sector and cross-sector initiatives, thought leadership forums, alliances with the NGO and philanthropic community, and more. Oxfam America seeks a mission driven leader who embraces complex challenges and whose goal is to make major sustainable impacts through the influence of private sector transformation.

To apply online, click here

Brennan Center for Justice in NYC Seeks UW Law Students to Apply for Fall Externship

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan public policy and law institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, to address the challenge of special interest money in our politics, to end mass incarceration, and to advance Constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.

Each semester, the Brennan Center hosts 4-5 law students to work on current and cutting edge legal issues, including national security issues raised by the Patriot Act, expanding voter registration, strengthening campaign finance laws, and reforming our criminal justice system. Our research, policy development, and advocacy focus on systemic reform that combats discrimination and inequality and promotes civic participation. Interns assist attorneys with litigation, scholarship, public education, legislative counseling, and advocacy, with an emphasis on legal research and writing. The Brennan Center’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. 

Interested students should go to http://www.brennancenter.org/Employment and upload, as a single document (where it says “attach resume”): 

  • a cover letter explaining which particular program or programs they are interested in joining
  • a current law school transcript
  • a legal writing sample of up to 10 pages
  • a current resume
  • contact information for three references

You may compile your documents and upload them here, or use the separate buttons for each document. If you have difficulty uploading these items as one document, you may also e-mail them to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu, with “Fall 2015 Legal Internship” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. We accept applications and will fill positions on a rolling basis through September 14, 2015, but priority is given to applications received by July 17, 2015. We encourage students with a strong interest in joining us to apply early.

On the Job! American Red Cross hiring an IHL Legal Advisor

The Legal Advisor will work as part of the IHL team where he/she will teach an IHL CLE/professional course; assist with research, writing and analysis on IHL and conflict-related issues; and will support the team in complementing and revising educational materials on IHL to highlight the contemporary relevancy of humanitarian issues. Knowledge of international humanitarian law required and a strong interest in international issues, public international law, human rights and international relations or related fields is essential. This position will report to the Director, International Humanitarian Law.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.americanredcross.apply2jobs.com/ProfExt/index.cfm?fuseaction=mExternal.showJob&RID=56011&CurrentPage=1.

Take a trip to California or find a new way to use that J.D. with these exciting opportunities!

AmeriCorps JD is now accepting applicants! 

We will accept applications through April 15, 2015 from students, who not only work in the priority areas defined below, but who provide service to low-income communities in other areas of law. The 300 service hours required to earn the education award can be completed anytime from when the application is accepted and the background check has been initiated through August 31, 2015.

PRIORITY AREAS: Priority will be given to applications from students who are serving veterans, military families or victims of disasters, or focusing on removing barriers to employment or housing. However, we also have many spots available for students working with other populations and in other areas of law.

Some more examples of the type of work students can do within these priority areas include:

  • Direct legal services: intake, legal form preparation, performing client and witness interviews, advocating for clients by telephone and in person, attending hearings, assisting attorneys in legal representation, carrying out legal research and writing
  • Outreach and education: developing and distributing fact sheets, developing and delivering training on legal topics or on how to access legal services, ensuring potential clients are aware of their rights and available services
  • Capacity building: activities which build the capacity of your host organization or other organizations to provide services in the previously specified priority areas, such as an organizational assessment, compiling best practices, organizing focus groups, leading planning committees

You can also learn more about organizations and the legal services being provided for veterans, disaster, and employment issues by viewing our Fellow profiles on our website.

The AmeriCorps program, under the Corporation for National and Community Service, has a list of prohibited activities that cannot be included in the hours of service completed to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. A list of these activities can be found here.

Students serving in the priority areas or other issue areas may apply now through Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Visit our website for more information about the application process. Questions may be directed to AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.

UW Law Students: Re-ignite your Social Justice Heart and Vision at the Annual Trina Grillo Retreat in Sunny Santa Clara, CA!

The Trina Grillo Retreat at Santa Clara Law (March 20-21, 2015) provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social-justice oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice.

Join with law students from several west coast law schools to re-imagine the next generation of social justice lawyering.  Funding up to $250 in reimbursement is available for UW Law students interested in attending.  Send a letter of interest and resume to mestorms@uw.edu by Feb 20 noon  if you would like to attend.

Attention Recent Grads! You Can Help Preserve Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Please don’t forget to fill out and pass on Equal Justice Works’ quick survey about the effect of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) on your career. While they hear anecdotally how critical PSLF is to making long term public interest careers possible, there is little hard data on the program’s impact. If Congress does propose capping the amount of forgiveness borrowers can earn, this data will be invaluable in helping Equal Justice Works and a coalition of interested groups advocate for it. The deadline for completing the survey is March 2, but please complete it as soon as possible in case Congress acts sooner. Thank you for your help on this urgent issue!

Keep Up To Date on Student Debt Issues!

Make sure to follow Equal Justice Work’s new blog on the Huffington Post to keep up to date on student debt issues. They’ve been writing recently about “Affording College in a Time of Income Inequality,” “3 Student Loan Repayment Plans You Need to Know About,” and “8 Lessons We Learned About Student Debt From the Class of 2013.”

One Week Left to Apply for Positions and Interview at the NW Public Service Fair!

Hot Diggity! Columbia Legal Services Seeking Staff Attorney in Wenatchee Office, Deadline rolling through 3/11. Act Fast!

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For many years, Columbia Legal Services has represented some of the most marginalized people in our community. We use every legal tool available on their behalf. Our role to serve people and use advocacy that might otherwise not be available makes our work an integral part of the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice. As a proud member of the Alliance, our vision of justice is that when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Every day, our legal teams engage in large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships intended to make a lasting difference so that all people can be meaningful members of their communities. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Our advocacy is conducted by four project teams. This position will focus on cases assigned to our Basic Human Needs Project, which safeguards access to health care, safe housing, food, financial assistance, and other basic rights for low-income people, using a full range of advocacy including complex litigation and appeals, and policy advocacy. The attorney must:

  • Be available to travel occasionally around the state, and may spend some time in Olympia during the legislative session.
  • Work with teams of attorneys on complex litigation, including class actions.
  • Identify practices and laws that adversely affect the rights and diminish the benefits for low income populations.
  • Coordinate with other advocacy groups and legal service organizations and the private bar to identify opportunities and execute strategies to advance the law for low income populations.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Want an Interview at the NW Public Service Career Fair? Application Deadline is Monday, January 19. Don’t Miss Out!

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For twenty-five years, the NW Public Service Career Fair has linked law students & alumni with opportunities to make a difference.  We typically have more than 50 non-profits & government offices and more than 500 students & alumni from our 11 schools participating in the fairs. Help today’s clients and inspire tomorrow’s justice seekers.

Which employers will be there? Employers are registering on a rolling basis through January 12. Check out the employers registered at the Seattle fair here and the Portland fair here.

How do I get a pre-scheduled interview at the fair? Monday, January 19 is the deadline for submitting application materials.

Where can I get more info? Check out the career fair home page here!

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Peggy Browning Summer Fellowship for Labor & Employment Accepting Applications through Friday, 1/16!

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The mission of the Peggy Browning Fund is to educate and inspire the next generation of advocates for workplace justice. Through fellowships, workers’ rights conferences, networking and other programs, we provide unique opportunities for law students to work for economic and social justice

Our core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at pre-selected labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2015, we will support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2015 – 2016.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.  We routinely collaborate with 149 participating law schools and selected mentor organizations nationwide.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend.

For more information and application requirements please click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Alaska Legal Services Seeks Entry-Level Attorney at Dillingham Office, Rolling Deadline.

AK Legal ServicesAlaska Legal Services Corporation has an opening for a full-time attorney in Dillingham, to provide estate planning services to Bristol Bay Native Association tribal members with an interest in restricted property. Estate planning services may include advice, research, investigation, and drafting and execution of wills, advance health care directives, and powers of attorney, and other documents necessary to meet a member’s estate planning needs. The attorney will create and distribute educational materials addressing estate planning, fractionation and probate, and conduct outreach efforts including travel to Bristol Bay villages and hosting clinics to encourage restricted property owners to draft wills and address fractionation.

Qualifications: Applicants must be admitted to practice law in Alaska or admitted to practice in another state and eligible for an Alaska Bar Rule 43 waiver. Information on Rule 43 admission can be found at https://www.alaskabar.org/. Computer proficiency required, (Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet, e-mail and data entry).  Experience working or living in cross-cultural settings preferred.

Salary: Salary $53,592 — $76,320, annually, DOE.  Generous benefits and leave package, plus partial reimbursement of relocation expenses provided.

Application Instructions: To apply, submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to the contact below. Preference in hiring given to Native American applicants.  Position open until filled.

Contact Information: Leigh Dickey, Rural Supervising Attorney ldickey@alsc-law.org

Seattle City Attorney Seeks Intern/Externs for Employment Law Section of Civil Division, Deadline 3/4

City of Seattle LogoThe Employment Section in the Civil Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office has externship opportunities available throughout the year for 2L and 3L law students, and also for 1L students during the summer after their first year. The Employment Section provides labor and employment advice to all City of Seattle departments (for example the Fire Department, Seattle City Light, and the Parks Department) and it also represents City departments in labor arbitrations, in administrative hearings and in federal and state court. The legal issues within the Employment Section’s area of expertise include: wage and hour issues, disability accommodation, anti-discrimination laws, employee discipline, and collective bargaining issues. Externs would work directly with Assistant City Attorneys in the Employment Section, to provide legal research assistance, to draft briefs, motions and witness declarations, and to perform other functions according to case needs and the extern’s interests. In addition, externs would be provided with opportunities for client contact and for observation of depositions, hearings and/or court proceedings. The externship provides the opportunity to work closely with an enthusiastic and experienced group of labor and employment attorneys in a public sector environment, and so would be a good fit for students interested in labor and employment law and/or public sector work.

Submit resume and cover letter to Assistant City Attorney Katrina Kelly katrina.kelly@seattle.gov. For more info about other volunteer internship opportunities with the Seattle City Attorney’s office please click here.

National Veterans Legal Services Seeks Litigation Attorney, Deadline 3/1.

NVLSPThe National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) is a national nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to assisting veterans, service members, and their families receive the federal benefits to which they are entitled.  To this end, NVLSP represents veterans and surviving family members before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and other federal courts, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and VA regional offices.  NVLSP often serves as amicus or lead counsel in impact litigation throughout the United States.  In addition, NVLSP trains hundreds of other lawyer and non-lawyer advocates in veterans/military law and publishes advocacy materials to assist these advocates in their representation of veterans, service members, and their families.  Among NVLSP’s advocacy publications is The Veterans Benefits Manual, a 1,900-page veterans law treatise published by LexisNexis.

The major responsibility of the Veterans Law Litigation Attorney is representing veterans and their families before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, an Article I appellate court.  This responsibility will entail conducting legal research, drafting legal briefs, and possibly conducting oral argument.  Other duties involve training and mentoring of veterans’ advocates and writing legal advocacy materials.

Qualifications: J.D.; excellent research and writing skills; and strong academic background.  Litigation, public interest, administrative law, or law school clinical experience would be helpful.  Experience in veterans law, although not required, is preferred.

Application Instructions: A resume, writing sample, and a list of references should be e-mailed to Amy Odom, Director of Litigation, at amy@nvlsp.org.

Attention 1Ls & 2Ls! Law School Admission Council Diversity Initiative Seeks Summer Intern, Deadline 2/20

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Applications are being accepted for a paid summer internship with the Diversity Initiatives staff at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The summer intern works under the general supervision of the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives. The intern will assist office staff with LSAC’s diversity initiatives, including but not limited to, the DiscoverLaw.org website, DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Programs, and LSAC Law School Forums. The intern will be expected to prepare memos and written assignments, answer inquiries from prospective students, and assist with other projects as assigned. Some travel will be required. The duration of the position is 10 to 12 weeks.

Qualifications: The summer internship is restricted to currently enrolled law students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced communication skills, including strong knowledge and understanding of various social media websites. We are seeking applicants who share LSAC’s commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Compensation: The intern will be expected to work a 37.5-hour week, and the compensation will be $22 per hour. The intern will work at the LSAC headquarters in Newtown, PA, and housing assistance will be provided, if needed.

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest; a résumé; and the names, addresses, and contact information for two references. The letter of interest must explain why diversity, especially racial and ethnic diversity, is important to the legal profession, and must not exceed two pages in length. Applications must be submitted by email only to:

Diversity Initiatives Subject: 2015 LSAC Diversity Initiatives Intern DiversityOffice@LSAC.org

NOTE: We will not consider applications submitted other than by email or that lack the required documentation.

City of Bellevue Seeks Principal Policy Planner, Deadline 1/16

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The Principal Policy Planner serves as the City’s Land Use Policy and Code Development Program Manager.  This position reports directly to the Land Use Division Director, and is responsible for advancing the day-to-day implementation of the Land Use Code Amendment program for the City, while contributing to leadership and strategy development to advance the overall land use program.
Advancing the Land Use Policy and Code Development Program is a major citywide initiative of high priority, and as such involves extensive interaction with the City Council, Planning Commission, community and business stakeholders, and the general public, requiring extensive night meetings at times.  The Program Manager is the primary point of contact for public inquiries about the work program and is responsible to ensure that an appropriate public involvement effort is coordinated with the Council-prioritized work program.
For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Washington Appleseed Now Accepting Summer Intern Applications, Deadline 2/6

WA Appleseed LogoThis summer, Appleseed will be hiring a team of 2-4 Legal Fellows and 1-3 Research Fellows to work together with existing project teams to forge meaningful solutions to social justice problems in our state.

We will be accepting applications for both sets of positions through Friday, February 6 and will be interviewing and making offers by February 27. Please see below for information about each position. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note these are unpaid fellowships, though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit or other compensation.

The Summer Legal Fellow position is an excellent opportunity for law students to gain hands on experience working with Seattle’s top law firms and learn more about important social justice issues. This summer, Legal Fellows will participate in one or more of the following social justice projects:

  • The Washington Reentry Guide.
  • Protecting the Rights of the Homeless.

  • Transforming School Discipline.

  • Fair Financial Access for Immigrant Communities.

For complete project descriptions please click here.

 Download the full position overview here. Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Katie Mosehauer at Katie@WaAppleseed.org. Please note this is an unpaid internship though Appleseed can work with candidates to receive school credit.

 

 

 

 

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.