EJW 2017 Conference with US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; Student Debt Relief Basics; Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings; Volunteer for Citizenship Day!

Deadline September 13: Equal Justice Works 2017 Conference and Career Fair featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsbergEJW Logo

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Date:  Thursday and Friday, October 27 & 28, 2017

Location: Arlington, VA

Students and recent graduates can interview with 165+ public interest employers from across the country including non profits, public defender offices, government agencies and more! Click here for the latest list. The deadline to apply for prescheduled interviews is September 13.. Students may have their résumé reviewed by trained professionals and take part in inspiring conference workshop sessions including this year’s conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday afternoon. We recognize that one of the biggest hurdles to attending the Conference & Career Fair is affording the trip to DC so this year we’re helping students connect for carpooling and hotel sharing and the first 500 registered students will qualify for a chance to receive one of ten $100 travel stipends.

More information and register here.

EJW Webinar: Student Debt Relief Basics.

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  12:00 pm

Location: Webinar

“On August 24th at 3:00 pm EST, we will have our latest educational free webinar, “Student Debt Relief Basics.” This free webinar will teach you about the various repayment plans, loan cancellation provisions, how to earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness, what to do if you are behind on your payments, and how to lower your loan payments using loan repayment assistance programs. You can join live or watch later. If you register prior to the live event, you will receive a recording in the 48 hours following the live version. Register for a free webinar today!

Free Podcast:  FTCA and Other Civil Rights Claims – Immigration Enforcement & Damages Actions Supreme Court Courthouse (c) Stockvault

Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time:  9am – 12 pm

Location:  Podcast (free)

Increased immigration enforcement is likely to include enforcement practices that give rise to damages action.  Claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act, Bivens, and Section 1983 are important tools to combat abusive enforcement practices and ensuring that federal and local law enforcement abide by their constitutional obligations. This program will give a general overview of each of these claims. PLI will also discuss employing a media strategy, in addition to litigation, to highlight abusive enforcement practices, as an advocacy tool in its own right. PLI will cover the legal standards and procedures to bring an administrative claim and both individual and impact litigation under the Federal Tort Claims Act.  PLI will similarly cover Bivens and Section 1983, as well as the defenses government defendants commonly raise in these cases.  This will include the types of conduct that can be challenged and the life of a damages claim from fact-gathering to judgment.

Register here.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): Quick Topic Webinar [Live]: How to Prepare for Dependency Review Hearings

Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 

Time: 12-1 pm

Location:  Webinar.

Zaida Rivera, KIND Seattle Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney -Microsoft Fellow, will be presenting a live webinar on how to prepare for your client’s Dependency Review Hearings. After a client has been ordered a dependent on the State of Washington, the court is responsible for the client’s well-being. To ensure that a client’s needs are met, periodic review hearings are scheduled with the court every 6 months. Attorneys must prepare ISSPs and review hearing orders in advance of the review hearing, and present orders on the date the hearing is scheduled. To learn more about this process and your obligations, please join us for this live webinar. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well.

Please RSVP online here.

KIND (Kids in Need of Defense): 2nd Annual Back to School Campaign

The campaign aims to highlight attorneys who are heeding the call to help unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children by providing pro bono legal representation to these children as the new school year begins.

As unaccompanied children are getting ready to start school, over 50% of them have no one to represent them in immigration court. With the help of an attorney, they can focus on their education and fulfill their aspirations for their future.  These are children living in Washington State like Otto, who arrived in the U.S. when he was 10 years old, escaping severe child abuse and threats from MS-13.  Otto was granted asylum right before going on a school camping trip with his class.  He went from having a childhood dominated by violence and fear, to living with the fear of being sent back into danger, to the rest of his childhood before him.

More info here.

OneAmerica: Volunteer for Citizenship Day Saturday, September 23, 2017OneAmerica Logo

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm

Locations: Renton, Renton Technical College; Wenatchee, Wenatchee Valley College; Pasco, Columbia Basin College

Volunteers needed at three Citizenship Day events in Washington in Renton, Wenatchee and Pasco

Citizenship Day  is a free, one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship, and it’s hosted by AILA-WA, OneAmerica, and committed community partners statewide. Demand for naturalization services is higher than ever – in fact, N-400 filings in Washington State have increased nearly 30% on average, compared to the same quarter of last year! For many immigrants, U.S. citizenship is the best defense in uncertain times. Please join us for the day, and help hundreds of legal permanent residents take the first step.

Click here to sign up to volunteer, and more info here.

Pro Bono Opportunity with Disability Rights Washington

CDC launches website for fellowship and internship opportunities 

cdcThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently established a resource that streamlines information from approximately 65 CDC fellowship and internship opportunities from multiple centers across the agency into a single website. Prospective fellows and interns can now access a single site to search opportunities by length, education/degree requirements, and topic areas. The site also includes a Minority Health Snapshot– opportunities to encourage interest in public health among underrepresented individuals as well as opportunities for those that have an interest in promoting health equity and eliminating health disparities.

Check out the new website here.

Jan 25: Alternatives to Litigation: Careers in ADR & Mediation

UW Law LogoTime: 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
Date: January 25, 2017
Place: UW School of Law, Room 127

Learn more about alternatives to litigation, such as ADR, meditation and negotiation. Join for a panel discussion with local attorneys. Read the flyer here.

Jan. 31: ABA Inaugural 2017 Fellows Program application now open

center-for-innovationThe ABA Center for Innovation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for our inaugural 2017 Fellows Program.

This exciting new program will bring creative thinkers to the Center to develop and launch new projects to address critical needs in the legal sector. There are two categories of fellows—

  • NextGen Fellows are recent law school graduates who will spend one year in-residence at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago, IL. These fellows will receive a stipend of $45,000, plus benefits, during their time in the program. There are two (2) NextGen fellowships available with an August 2017 start date.
  • Innovation Fellows will rotate in and out of the Chicago office on a 9-12 week basis, beginning in April 2017. There is no stipend for this fellowship, but sponsorships might be available.

Detailed information about the programs, requirements, and application guidelines can be found here.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Disability Rights Washington looking for volunteers

Disability Rights WashingtonDisability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that works on disability-rights issues across the state of Washington. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

Volunteers who serve on our Board and councils are critical to our work. We are reaching out to encourage people with disabilities, people of color, and people from every corner of Washington to serve on our Board of Directors, our Mental Health Advisory Council, and our Disabilities Advisory Council. Thank you for applying, and thank you for sharing this message with your network.

Read more here and apply to be a volunteer here

Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, & LLMs! Check Out These Two New Development Courses this Fall!

New Development Course at UW Law: Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 564, Women, Poverty, and Natural Resource Management (Autumn, 3 Credits).

Instructor: Renee Giovarelli
Senior Attorney and Advisor at Center for Gender and Resource Equity

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to issues of development and environmental conservation, helping students to understand the complexities that face policy and law reform in developing countries. The course discusses gender mainstreaming as a prerequisite to development and conservation solutions.

Questions? Please contact Professor Giovarelli at reneeg3@uw.edu.

New Development Course at UW Law: Law & Development – History and Theories

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Attention 2Ls, 3Ls, and graduate students: Please consider enrolling in LAW B 579, Law and Development: History and Theories (Autumn, 4 Credits).

Instructors: Anita Ramasastry, Professor, UW School of Law
Professor Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost, UW Office of Global Affairs

The field of law and development examines the role of law in fostering economic and social development in developing countries, emerging markets and nations in transition. This course provides a historical overview of the role of law in alleviating poverty and exposes students to key theoretical perspectives.

Questions? Please contact Professor Ramasastry at arama@uw.edu.

Don’t Forget to Volunteer! University of Washington School of Law Hosts Second Annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic

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Interested in giving back to the community and gaining some new legal experiences?

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the University of Washington School of Law will host the second annual Washington Veterans Will Clinic from 9am to 4pm.

Volunteer attorneys staffing the one-day clinic will prepare estate planning documents for veterans of the US Armed Forces free of charge.

For more information, click here.

WDWA Federal Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee Presents: “Doing Well by Doing Good: Why Pro Bono Matters Matter” 

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Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Foster Pepper LLC

FREE BREAKFAST
FREE LUNCH
FREE CLE CREDITS (3 GENERAL 1 ETHICS)

Come learn about taking pro bono cases through the WDWA Pro Bono Program.

Whether you’re a seasoned litigator or someone who has never argued in front of a federal judge, join us to learn about how you can appear in federal court on behalf of a pro bono client and develop your skills while gaining the gratitude of the bench.

Subjects covered will include employment law fundamentals, civil rights in prisoner and non-prisoner context, cultural competency, and limited representation.

Federal Magistrate Judge Donohue and Chief Judge Pechman will also present on the importance of pro bono participation and provide practice tips.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, as will CLE credits.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Brenda Bole at boleb@foster.com before October 1. For questions about the program please contact Joanna Boisen at boisj@foster.com.

Blacks Were More Likely to Lose Jobs During Recession, UW Study Finds

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By Amy Radil | KUOW.org | Photo Credit to AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Blacks – especially black women – working in the public sector were disproportionately laid off during the recession, according to a new study by the University of Washington.

The study is being presented this week at a conference of the American Sociological Association. It found that white workers appear to have been better protected from financial shocks to government budgets.

Continue reading here.

Pro Bono Opportunity – Certified Professional Guardianship Board

Application Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015
Position Commences: October 1, 2015
Time Commitment: 3-Year Term
Application Details: To apply, please submit letters of interest and résumés to: barleaders@wsba.org or by mail to WSBA – Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539.
Contact: Shirley Bondon, 360-705-5302; shirley.bondon@courts.wa.gov.

Volunteers Needed: Attorney

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the Certified Professional Guardianship Board (CPG). The WSBA will nominate one member to be appointed by the Supreme Court to serve a three-year term on the board commencing Oct. 1, 2015.

The CPG Board is the regulatory authority for the practice of Certified Professional Guardians – individuals and agencies – in Washington state. The board is charged with establishing the standards and criteria for the certification of professional guardians, as defined by RCW 11.88.008. The board meets regularly to review applications for certification, adopt and implement regulations relating to standards and practice, ethics and training for professional guardians, and to review grievances. For further information about this board please see http://www.courts.wa.gov/programs_orgs/guardian/, or contact Shirley Bondon; 360-705-5302; shirley.bondon@courts.wa.gov.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés to: barleaders@wsba.org or by mail to WSBA – Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539.

Attention Student Pro Bono Project Leaders!

Are you a 2 or 3L? Do want to get academic credit for your pro bono project leadership work? Do you want to be part of a structured cohort with guidance and support to strengthen your student-led pro bono project? 

You’ve heard the rumors… and they are true! Introducing our Pro Bono Advocacy course for student pro bono project leaders!

I’m happy to report that we finally have our inaugural pro bono leadership course entitled, “Pro Bono Advocacy” for this spring quarter. It is currently listed  as a special topics course. Next year, we plan to have it offered as a year-round course for 2L and 3L pro bono project leaders.

Here’s the basic information for this spring:

Course # B-599 Special Topics: Pro Bono Advocacy

Instructors: Michele Storms and Aline Carton-Listfjeld

2 credits

Mondays, 5:30-7:20 pm, room 207

4 in-class meetings: 3/30, 4/20, 5/4 & 5/18

Registration: Because this course is specifically designed for student pro bono project leaders it requires instructor approval.  In order to register, go to My Law and email Aline Carton-Listfjeld directly to confirm your intent to register. We will confirm the list of registrants with Academic Services. Please register ASAP.

Syllabus: Attached, please find the syllabus here. Please keep in mind that the syllabus reflects the year-long course. We will have a modified version for our spring quarter course where you will have an opportunity as a cohort to identify priority areas for us to focus on.

How do we define student leader for purposes of this course? Any student who is taking an active role in creating, developing and supporting an existing or emerging student-led law-related pro bono project based here at UW Law. This can include students who have formal positional leadership roles (i.e. board members, steering committee members etc..) as well as students who don’t have formal leadership roles but are part of a team of students who manage an existing or emerging student project. If you are unsure if you meet the criteria please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld explaining your role in a student pro bono project and you will be notified of whether this course will be a good fit.

Please help spread the word! 

Questions? Please email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

 RSVP to be a volunteer at the UW Law Academy!

image004You decide your time commitment and we guarantee your volunteer service will be fun! The UW Law Academy will take place on March 13, 2015 at the William H. Gates Hall. The schedule for the day includes:

  • 11am-Extreme Advocacy: How to develop an Effective Closing Argument
  • Noon hour-Lunch & Learn (Student/Professionals Mixer—speed networking)
  • 1:00 pm– Small Group Workshops (coach students for oral arguments)

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the MLK FAME Community Youth & Law Forum, the UW Law Academy invites volunteer attorneys, judges, and law students to share their stories during lunch with our invited high school students from diverse backgrounds, help coach students during the afternoon small group sessions, and/or join us for the day to share in the fun! Consider setting up a table display during lunch and be a coach for oral arguments! (High school students will be at the law school from 10:30 am-3:00 pm).

RSVP to Lisa Castilleja: ecc93@uw.edu (Please include full name and estimated time of arrival)

If you are unable to attend (or even if you are attending!), consider being a sponsor to help defray the cost of the students’ attendance.  Make checks payable to UW School of Law and list UW Law Academy donation in the memo line of your check.  Please send to Lisa Castilleja at UW School of Law-CPLD, Box 353020 Seattle, WA 98195 (tax credit applies).

  • Purple & Gold Level (“Most awesome!”):  $201-$300 or more!
  • Silver Level (“Awesome like the ‘80s!”): $101-$200
  • Bronze Level (“We Rock!”): up to $100

 Green Building Law & Risk Mitigation Course (Spring, 2015) – RE 598/URBDP 598

environment-303693_640This multidisciplinary course will focus on the intersection of green, high performing buildings and the law. Students will learn to identify and understand the risks and challenges presented by high-performing buildings, and analyze frameworks and strategies to manage and overcome these challenges. This practical course is designed to prepare future sustainability leaders for the issues they will encounter as this area continues to evolve and become increasingly regulated. Students will be empowered to take an active role in mitigating climate change through the built environment.

This course was developed and is instructed by Nicole DeNamur, an attorney and LEED Green Associate. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, studied at Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 campus, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law. She has experience litigating construction and insurance matters.

Nicole has a passion for the intersection of green building, sustainability, and the law. Her background in environmental topics and experience as an attorney give her a unique perspective on these issues.

Questions? Please email Nicole at ndenamur@uw.edu.

This Valentine’s Week, treat yourself to some new amazing public service experiences

Apply Today for the Washington Bus Fellowship to learn about grassroots organization!

If you or a young person in your life (18-25) is looking for a transformative experience this summer, check out the Washington Bus’s Fellowship–a ten-week paid political, social justice, and community building program where young folks learn practical grassroots organizing skills and put them to work influencing progressive change in Seattle! Fellows will participate in hands-on activities and work with progressive leaders from across the state. The application can be found here.

Summer 2015 International Human Rights Law Internship 

Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is a seeking a creative, organized, passionate, and hard-working legal intern for its Washington, DC office for the summer. Interns will: prepare client complaints for documentation with the Special Procedures of the United Nations; identify and research pertinent domestic and international law; prepare research memoranda on United Nations systems; assist with client interviews as necessary; assist the advocacy team as necessary; and assist with administrative duties as required.

Please email a resume, cover letter, excerpted legal brief (10 pages max.) to internships [at] adhrb.org with the subject lineLEGAL EXTERN APPLICATION. We would additionally welcome any papers that a student has written analyzing international human rights law.

Nez Perce Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel seeks Staff Attorney

The Nez Perce Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel offers an active and dynamic opportunity to assist the Tribe in protecting and advancing in sovereignty and treaty rights. The Office is seeking a staff attorney at its office in Lapwai, Idaho to join its team. The new hire is expected to immediately assume responsibility for handling a substantial work load, primarily involving natural resource issues related to the protection and advancement of tribal sovereignty and treaty-reserved rights. The work load includes handling an active litigation docket and providing legal counsel on a broad variety of issues associated with the Tribe’s interests. The new staff attorney will also be responsible for tasks delegated by the Managing Attorney. A complete application includes: resume, writing sample, and three letters of reference to – Lee Bourgeau, Director, Human Resources, RE: Staff Attorney, No., HR 15-108, P.O. Box 365, Lapwai, Idaho, 83540 by 4:30 PM on February 27. For more information contact the Managing Attorney, Julie S. Kane at juliek@nezperce.org

Due 2/15: Entry Level Attorney position at Department of Homeland Security

Do you desire to be a part of the vibrant United States immigrant admission process, to protect American interests, and to secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and its Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) are calling.

As part of both USCIS and the DHS Office of the General Counsel, you will work with other highly talented attorneys and colleagues on a rich array of intellectually challenging, critically important, cutting edge legal issues. DHS components work collectively, and USCIS strives, to enforce and administer immigration laws fairly, efficiently, and in keeping with the law, at the same time that we seek to prevent terrorism, secure borders, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission are achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join OCC, USCIS, and DHS!

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is seeking recent law schools graduates since January 1, 2012 with more than 1 year of post-JD experience for an entry level attorney position in New York, NY as an Associate Counsel with the Northeastern Law Division (NELD).  The position is supervised by a NELD Deputy Chief and the NELD Chief.

Due 2/18: Become the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Specialist in King County

 incumbent is responsible for supporting volunteers who are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in child abuse and neglect cases. Will supervise CASA volunteers, conduct case management, train, and provide support in court. Primary emphasis is placed on volunteer supervision. This is a paid, full-time position in King County Superior Court. To apply, click here.

Due 2/27: Become a Global Advocacy Adviser for the Center of Reproductive Rights

Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.

The Center’s Global Legal Program has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries.  The Global Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org. The Center seeks a Global Advocacy Adviser who will support the work of the Global Advocacy team in the Global Legal Program, and will report to the Director of Global Advocacy.

Please click on this link to apply.  A cover letter, résumé, writing sample in English (unedited and preferably relevant to international human rights advocacy) and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.  Please include these application materials as attachments.

Fellowships, Clerkships, Internships, Oh My! Explore new opportunities from Anchorage to NY

Legal Counsel for the Elderly – Summer 2015 Law Clerks

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the rights of seniors by providing free legal services to low-income DC residents age 60 and older. LCE provides assistance with civil legal matters, including landlord/tenant matters, consumer issues including property tax cases, and public benefits.

The D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at LCE advocates for residents of nursing home, assisted living facilities, community residence facilities and residents in their private homes. Ombudsmen work to resolve complaints of residents and to bring about resolution, including changes at the local, state and national levels to improve residents’ quality of care and quality of life.

Summer law clerks are sought to work on the following projects:

Legislative Reform

Schedule H Case Handling

Ombudsman Legal Assistance

Nursing Homes and Alternatives Manual

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest to Rochelle Bobroff, Senior Attorney for Systemic Reform, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, rbobroff@aarp.org

Rolling Deadline!: NARAL PRO-CHOICE NEW YORK – Summer Legal Intern

NARAL Pro-Choice New York is the leading pro-choice political and advocacy organization in New York State. The National Institute for Reproductive Health, the sister organization of NARAL Pro-Choice New York focuses on research, education, and policy work in states and localities to promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care, reduce unintended pregnancies, and empower youth to make healthy sexual and reproductive decisions. The National Institute’s focus is on building support for a proactive agenda for, and unapologetic approach to, reproductive rights, health, and justice. We do this by helping to strengthen a decentralized yet interconnected movement, based on authentic partnerships founded on mutual respect and learning, capacity building, and information sharing in strategic cities and states across the country. To that end, the National Institute offers strategic guidance, hands?on support, and funding to help state and local leaders and organizations build a public base of support, engage policymakers, change public policy, and remove barriers to health care.

The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights.

Please email a resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to internships@prochoiceny.org with subject line “Legal Intern.” People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Feb. 02, 2015: ROBERT F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS – Donald M. Wilson Fellowship

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center) was founded as a living memorial to Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Ever since, the RFK Center has honored journalists, authors, and human rights activists who, often at great personal risk and sacrifice, are on the frontlines of the international movement for human rights and social justice. Partnering with these courageous and innovative human rights defenders, RFK Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy, and capacity-building arm of the RFK Center. Combining a rights-based approach and extended multi-year partnerships with the RFK Award Laureates and other human rights activists, RFK Partners for Human Rights leverages its legal expertise, resources, and prestige to advance social justice goals around the world.

In 2011, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights established the Donald M. Wilson Fellowship program to provide a position at the RFK Center to one outstanding recent law school graduate each year. Donald M. Wilson and his family recognized the need for greater support for recent graduates who wish to devote their professional lives to public service and generously endowed the Fellowship program at the RFK Center. The Fellowship provides invaluable training and experience for a recent law school graduate preparing for a career in human rights.

The Fellowship carries the name of the prominent magazine journalist who developed a close friendship with Robert Kennedy during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. A LIFE magazine correspondent for twelve years, Donald M. Wilson covered the Korean and Vietnam wars for the magazine and afterward led LIFE’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where he met Robert Kennedy. Following the campaign, Donald M. Wilson was appointed deputy director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) and served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1989, he retired as Corporate Vice President-Public Affairs at Time Inc. In 1991, with James L. Greenfield, a former assistant managing editor at The New York Times, he founded the Independent Journalism Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to promoting free and independent media in Eastern and Central Europe and Southeast Asia.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience with regional and international human rights law and norms; working knowledge of the United Nations treaty body system and/or the regional human rights mechanisms (e.g. Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, etc.); working knowledge of domestic legislative and human rights systems; an ability to maintain active contacts with international civil society as well as key stakeholders in the aforementioned systems; an ability to master complex human rights issues under tight deadlines; and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (or foreign equivalent) is required. We particularly encourage recent law school graduates (2013-2014) and those graduating in Spring 2015 to apply.

Fluency in Spanish, French, and/or Arabic is helpful but not required.

Application Instructions:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (preferably related to international human rights law), and a list of 3 references to:

Hiring Manager
Subject line: Donald M. Wilson Fellow
jobs@rfkcenter.org 

Feb. 13, 2015: Criminal Division (CRM) OFFICE OF ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS – LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEER, SUMMER (Washington, D.C.)

OEO is a non-litigating section of the Criminal Division. OEO provides investigative and prosecutorial support, legal advice, and review and approval required by statute or policy in almost 40 distinct subject areas. OEO oversees the use of the most sophisticated investigative tools at the federal government’s disposal, including electronic surveillance, the Federal Witness Security Program, subpoenas to members of the news media in federal cases, subpoenas to attorneys, applications to search the premises of attorneys, and requests to immunize witnesses. OEO provides legal advice to federal prosecutors and agencies on the above-mentioned programs and investigative techniques, and assists in developing Department policy on emerging technologies and telecommunications issues. OEO also responds to requests made to the Criminal Division for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, and serves in a coordinating role for the Criminal Division with regard to victim and witness assistance. In addition, OEO supervises the International Prisoner Transfer Program.

Legal interns will be responsible for research/writing projects on diverse, complex legal issues in highly-sensitive matters, working under the supervision of OEO attorneys.

Qualification:

All applicants must be United States citizens and currently enrolled in law school. Applicants must have a strong academic background, excellent writing skills, experience or a demonstrated interest in criminal law and/or a commitment to public service, and mature judgment. Because interns may be reviewing sensitive documents and confidential information from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, it will be necessary for interns to obtain a security clearance. The security background check requires a fingerprint submission and takes two or three months. Any offer is contingent on clearing the background investigation.

Feb. 13, 2015: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS – Summer 2015 Law Intern

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, Office of Counsel, located in Anchorage, Alaska, is looking for a law intern for Summer 2015. The Alaska District is a full service district that maintains a wide spectrum of programs including military construction, civil works construction, and environmental cleanup and regulation.

Surrounded by the picturesque Chugach and Alaska Ranges, Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city with more than 250,000 people. Our office is located on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, which is adjacent to Anchorage. Anchorage is well known for its long, cool summer days during which hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and fishing are within an easy driving distance after work and on the weekends.

The Alaska District Office of Counsel is a busy office with five attorneys and three paralegals. The law intern selected for this position will primarily assist our attorneys in a diverse array of practice areas such as litigation and government contracts, real estate, fiscal law, employment law, and environmental law and regulations.

Qualifications

The selected law clerk will be scheduled to work ten 40-hour weeks, between May and August 2015 with the exact start and end dates to be negotiated.

If you are interested, please apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your law school transcript for completed semesters or quarters through December 2014 to Carl Olson at carl.f.olson@usace.army.mil.

If you have any questions concerning the duties of this position, please contact Carl Olson or Brendan Davis at 907-753-2532.

For more information about the Alaska District, see our website at http://www.poa.usace.army.mil/About/Offices/Legal.aspx

Feb. 20, 2015: VERA INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE – Summer 2015 Internship, Legal Orientation Program Law Student Intern 

The Vera Institute of Justice runs an annual summer internship program for undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. Interns typically work full time in one of Vera’s departments or centers and programs; some part-time positions may be available. In addition to working on individual assignments, all interns participate in events organized by the internship coordinator. For example, in previous summers interns visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility; observed hearings at the New York City Immigration Court; lunched with executive-level management; and visited Vera demonstration projects.

Vera’s Center on Immigration and Justice collaborates with government, nonprofits, and communities to develop evidence-based justice solutions for systems affecting immigrants and their families. The Center also addresses the challenges presented by the increasing convergence of the criminal justice and immigration systems. The Center on Immigration and Justice seeks a law student intern to work on the Legal Orientation Program (LOP).

The LOP was created to inform detained immigrants about their rights, and the immigration court and detention processes. On behalf of the federal government’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, Vera staff work with nonprofit legal service agencies to provide detained people at 30 sites nationwide with basic information about forms of relief from removal, how to represent themselves in immigration court, and how to get legal representation.

Responsibilities: The intern duties may include: conducting background legal and/or policy research; interviewing experts and others; drafting best practice memos and short reports; assisting in developing trainings and presentations; analyzing data collected to inform programs and help develop program plans; and researching potential funders and writing grant proposals. Students interested in the internship should note that while all of the work will be law-related, much of it will be supporting policy and technical assistance.  Vera does not provide direct legal services to immigrants.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, excellent initiative, genuine flexibility, as well as a demonstrated interest in immigration, law/public policy, and/or criminal justice. Fluency in Spanish or another second language is a plus.

Salary

Prospective interns are encouraged to seek independent funding either through their law schools, colleges, universities or public interest foundations, or through fellowship grants or internship programs.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a resume, dates of availability and cover letter.

Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred; however if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

Summer Internships: CIJ LOP Internship

Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway,12th Floor
New York, NY 10279
Fax: 212-941-9407

Feb. 27, 2015: International Summer Internship Programme – International Law Institute (Uganda) 

ILI-ACLE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS 2015 INTERNATIONAL SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 1 – July 31, 2015. THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 27, 2015 OR WHEN ALL INTERNSHIP SEATS HAVE BEEN FILLED. EARLY APPLICATION ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED.

Each year ILI-ACLE draws a talented pool of students and young professionals in its competitive Internship Programme. Over the years we have drawn interns from Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law Center, NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Law School, Temple Law School, Case Western Reserve School of Law and Pacific McGeorge School of Law, among others.

Responsibilities

Internships at the Institute are rewarding experiences for law students with drive and interest in legal and judicial reform and project implementation – with a focus on the African continent. Interns take part in any number of activities that are being implemented at their time of internship. These include assisting with the preparation of seminars (including curriculum development) and gaining insight into project implementation and management by assisting with ongoing technical assistance projects. Interns assist in conducting research, drafting reports, attending meetings and engaging in related administration. They also have an unparalleled opportunity to meet legal and other professional specialists at the forefront of public and private development in sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe.

Qualifications

Must be a law student.

Application Instructions:

To apply for an internship with ILI-ACLE, please email Ms. Keita Rose-Atkinson, Senior Associate Attorney/Public Sector Liaison at krose@ili.or.ug, copying administrator@ili.or.ug with a detailed letter of interest, current CV, academic/professional letter of recommendation and a writing sample. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via telephone, videoconferencing or in-person (for Ugandan applicants). Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Mar. 2, 2015: Attention recent grads! 2015 SANFORD HEISLER PUBLIC INTEREST DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP – Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion & Resources (FAIR)

The Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR) is accepting applications for its second annual Sanford Heisler Public Interest Diversity Fellowship, which will enable a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive six-month terms at the (1) Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and a (2) law practice affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1100 workers’ rights advocates around California. Sanford Heisler, LLP, a leading national public interest firm, has donated the funds to FAIR to provide a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first six months the fellow is working at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.

Applicants must have superior academic qualifications, be members of the California Bar (or anticipating becoming members by fall 2015), be committed to a career in social justice, and have 0-3 years of legal experience. Preference will be given to applicants with diverse backgrounds, demonstrated interest in employment law, clinical and/or pro bono and social justice interests, and plans to practice in California. Foreign language abilities and judicial clerkships/externships are also valued.