Welcome to 2015 Jobs and Internships!

National Housing Law Project in San Francisco Seeks Summer Interns, Due 3/31/15

NHLPThe National Housing Law Project (NHLP) was established in 1968 as a housing law and advocacy center that promotes housing justice on behalf of low income people and underrepresented communities. Through high-impact litigation and national leadership in policy advocacy, NHLP has been a driving force behind many fundamental housing rights enjoyed by low-income homeowners and tenants.

NHLP seeks students for summer 2015 internships. Recent significant student work projects have included writing amicus curiae briefs; drafting testimony for Congressional hearings; submitting comments on proposed regulations; researching the impact of proposed housing legislation and regulations; drafting amendments to federal housing legislation; summarizing briefs in preparation for oral arguments; providing research assistance in drafting pleadings and motions; drafting portions of advocacy guides used by housing advocates across the country; and researching and writing articles for NHLP’s monthly Housing Law Bulletin.

Qualifications: Ideal candidates possess high-caliber research and writing skills; demonstrate a commitment to working for low-income and underserved populations; and demonstrate an ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Students will have an opportunity to develop a writing sample as part of their work. NHLP has successfully sponsored several of its interns for post-graduate fellowships.

For complete description and application instructions please click here. (To access register for PSJD.org for free)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Seeking Law Clerk, Due 4/15/15

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Assignments include conducting legal research, client intake interviews, drafting declarations, researching and drafting court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings and policy meetings, developing “Know Your Rights” materials, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending state and federal bills.

Interested candidates should have strong interests in social justice, non-profit/public interest work, and be committed to the community.  Language skills are highly desired as well.

For more information, click here.

Attention Law Grads! University of Washington Seeks Deputy Title IX/ ADA Coordinator, JD Preferred, Due 1/12/15

UW LogoGrow and maintain a model Compliance Support Program to support all University of Washington academic and administrative units and coordinate compliance with Title IX, ADA, and safety of minors in all areas covered by the relevant laws, regulations and best practices.

Under the general direction of the University’s Title IX/ADA Coordinator, this position’s primary role
involves ensuring that University of Washington programs and personnel comply with Title IX, ADA, and safety of minors laws and regulations.  As a result, this position includes high-level compliance and coordination responsibilities relating to University-wide planning and monitoring, grievance processes, consulting and outreach, and information and reporting.  It requires an understanding of Title IX, ADA, safety of minors, and related regulations as well as the agencies that enforce those laws and regulations.   It also requires expertise in applying those laws and regulations within a university setting and to existing and emerging situations.

The Deputy Title IX/ADA Coordinator will have University-wide visibility and responsibility for
supporting Title IX, ADA and safety of minors awareness and compliance and will represent the
University in interactions with regulatory agencies. The scope of ADA responsibilities includes faculty, staff, and student employment, as well as student and public access to programs and facilities.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

NYPD Office of the Inspector General Seeks Summer Legal Intern, Due 2/13/15

NYPD-logoThe Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD) is a newly-created independent office charged with investigating, reviewing, studying, auditing and making recommendations relating to the operations, policies, programs and practices of the New York City Police Department, with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of NYPD, increasing public safety, protecting civil liberties and civil rights, and increasing the public’s confidence in the police force. The OIG-NYPD is independent of the NYPD and sits within the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI).  For more information, click here.

OIG-NYPD is seeking energetic law student interns and/or post-graduate legal fellows to assist OIG-NYPD attorneys and investigators in a wide range of legal and investigative projects.  The position offers an opportunity to work on cutting-edge issues of public concern in a new, high-profile environment.  Law interns & fellows will examine legal topics relating to active reviews and investigations of NYPD policies and practices, research and draft legal documents, summarize pertinent case law and legislation, support OIG-NYPD operations, review investigative material, assist with inquiries received by the OIG-NYPD, participate in internal staff meetings and external meetings with key stakeholders, and help develop strategies and policies.  The positions are unpaid.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Attention Law Grads! Washington AGO Seeks Assistant AG for Civil Rights Unit in Seattle, Due 1/23/15

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Duties: The Attorney General of Washington seeks an excellent, highly motivated and experienced Washington-licensed attorney to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Unit. The Civil Rights Unit investigates and litigates violations of the laws of Washington that may include discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status. The Civil Rights Unit will work closely with the Consumer Protection Division and the Criminal Justice Division of the AG’s Office, as well as with the Washington Human Rights Commission and federal agencies. While the position is located in Seattle, travel around the state is necessary and may include litigation duties throughout the state.

Qualifications: The successful applicant must be admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and bring experience litigating and advising clients, and should have excellent oral and written communication skills, produce consistently high quality work product, exercise excellent litigating judgment, value diversity and inclusion, and be an outstanding team player. The applicant should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and public service. The applicant should have the ability to develop and sustain strong relationships within the AG’s Office, as well as externally, with state agency clients, legislators, local and federal agencies, the media, and community groups.

For complete description and application instructions please click here.

Los Angeles LGBT Center Seeks Client Advocate Summer Interns, 1/26/15

LA LGBT centerJOB SUMMARY: If you are a compassionate person willing to listen to others, committed to social justice, and seeking to end violence based on transphobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression, the Legal Services Department seeks your assistance as an Intern Client Advocate. Interns must commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week during the school year. Summer intern positions are full-time with exposure to the entire Department.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE: 1) Staff the phone lines; 2) Conduct client intakes and schedule attorney consultation appointments; 3) Provide crisis counseling and resource/referral assistance; 4) Participate in evening Legal Clinics 5) Assist in preparation of legal documents, including restraining orders and U- Visas; 6) Assist in development of trainings and workshops; 7) Assist with data collection and analysis.

For complete job description and application instructions please click here. (To access register for PSJD.org for free)

Attention Law Grads Interested in International Women’s Human Rights! UN Women Seeks Legal Analyst, Due 1/7/15- Act Fast!

UN womenUN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Under the overall supervision of Legal Adviser the Legal Analyst will provide legal advice to UN Women management, HQ units, regional, sub-regional and country offices, as required.

For full job description and application instructions please click here.

 

Attention 1Ls! 5 Public Service Career Planning Tips for the Holidays

Attention 1Ls!  Five Public Service Career Planning Tips for the Holidays

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By Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Center for Public Service Law

Did you miss our recent public service career strategies presentation? Fret not. Here’s the cliff notes version. You can also watch the video podcast here. 

The holidays are a time to rest, spend time with loved ones, practice gratitude and engage in a thoughtful practice of reflection, research and action planning for your career in public service and/or social justice. Here are some career strategizing tips to make the best of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and winter break right around the corner.

  1. Get back to basics. Why law school? Why public service? What issues do you care about? Think about why you came to law school and why specifically you’re interested in public service and/or working for social justice. What personal, volunteer or professional experiences or events have shaped your world view? What causes are you passionate about or get you worked up? What areas of law are you interested in? Why?
    • Write these anecdotes down; this will help you with your cover letter writing.
    • Practice telling these stories at the Thanksgiving dinner table; this will help you when you’re networking and interviewing.
    • Learn more about why stories matter by Marshall Ganz.
  2. Identify lawyering skills. Think about what kinds of advocacy and other lawyering skills you’re drawn towards.
    • Direct Services. Providing direct services to individual clients including advice/counsel, brief services and/or representation in court or administrative proceedings.
    • Systemic Change through Litigation. Engaging in impact litigation/systemic advocacy such as class action law suits which may not involve quite as much direct client work.
    • Community Lawyering. Using the principles of community organizing, combining direct services, impact litigation, and transactional legal services to support community economic development and/or other community-driven social justice initiatives.
    • Public Policy & Politics. Engaging in policy and/or legislative advocacy or reform work either within our outside of a legislative body.
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution. Engaging in alternative means of achieving justice outside of the traditional adversarial system such as alternative dispute resolution, mediation, collaborative law, and restorative justice.
    • Leadership & Social Entrepreneurship. Exploring alternative public service law careers including non-profit leadership/management and social entrepreneurship
  3. Do your research. We want you to make informed, evidence-based decisions to help you carve your career path. Research organizations and agencies that work on the causes and substantive areas that you are passionate about, interested in and/or open to. Where do you start? Go out to coffee with your mentor or perhaps the growing list of contacts with whom you’ve been advised to connect. Check out all of the great resources on our public service career reference guide, the Gallagher Law Library research guide and PSJD. Also, learn about the employers participating in the upcoming NW Public Service Career Fair. Keep in mind that employers are registering on a rolling basis so be sure to check back regularly.
  4. Create a list of preferred employers. Get ready to start applying to summer opportunities. Many public service internships application deadlines are in January and February. Whether or not a non-profit organization or government agency has a posted internship announcement, plan on sending your application materials. This usually includes a resume, cover letter, sometimes a list of references, and maybe a writing sample (yes you can use that 1L memo!). If an employer asks for grades be sure to mention when you expect to receive your grades in your cover letter and send them your transcript when it becomes available.
  5. Get cover letter feedback from your career coach. Take a break from outlining! December is a great time to send cover letters to your career coach for feedback. Once you’ve created a list of employers, draft a cover letter using the tips found here.

Interested in Learning More About Immigration? Register for the New Immigration Policy Seminar for the Winter Quarter

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B512 Legislation and the Formulation of Public Policy
By: Professor Angelica Chazaro

This course will examine immigration laws and policies related to how removal (deportation) laws and policies are established and implemented, and including the emergence and role of social change movements. Topics will include the intersection of immigration and criminal law, border security, state and local enforcement, the root causes of unauthorized migration, and the challenges of immigration law reform. The course will cover both legal doctrine and legislative issues concerning immigration detention and enforcement.

This course is mandatory for the immigration-related externships with the Washington Defender’s Association and NWIRP.  Externship applications are due Monday, November 24.  See Symplicity for more details.

Attention Attorneys! Free CLE on Domestic Violence Legal Team Training

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Perkins Coie (1201 Third Ave #4900, Seattle)
FREE (attendees must pledge to volunteer either for DVAP or DVIP)
Lunch Provided
CLE Credits: Pending (includes ethics credits)
RSVP to April Campbell by Monday, November 24, 2014

This is a FREE training and ideal for both litigators and transactional lawyers.
There are two volunteer options covered in this training: (1) going into court to litigate motions and (2) volunteering for the in-shelter legal clinic.

Litigators: Volunteer for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP). Learn how you can be an effective advocate for domestic violence survivors by litigating motions for revision and reconsideration, and increasing your chances of success at return hearings. Build your courtroom advocacy skills while making a meaningful difference in the life of a survivor and her children. Cases are for a short time frame with a discrete time commitment.

Transactional Lawyers: Volunteer at the Domestic Violence Impact Project’s (DVIP) monthly in-shelter legal clinic. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with a survivor and empower her through education and helping her draft a declaration that will be attached to her petition. No court required. Discrete time commitment.

If you have any questions about this CLE please email April Campbell.

Attorney General sends Notice of Endangerment and Intent to Sue to U.S. Dept. of Energy and its contractors to protect workers from hazardous Hanford tank vapors

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By: Bob Ferguson, Washington State Office of the Attorney General

After 20 years and many reports and studies, federal government still not adequately protecting Hanford workers

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is sending the U.S. Dept. of Energy, and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), a Notice of Endangerment and Intent to Sue. Ferguson seeks to protect workers at the federal Hanford Nuclear Reservation from hazardous chemical vapors that continue to jeopardize worker health and safety.

On Oct. 30, 2014, an independent panel of experts issued the federally-funded Hanford Tank Vapor Assessment Report which determined that “ongoing emission of tank vapors, which contain a mixture of toxic chemicals, is inconsistent with the provisions of a safe and healthful workplace free from recognized hazards.”  They further found that the data “strongly suggests a causal link between chemical vapor release and subsequent adverse health effects experienced by tank farm workers.”

The report was the latest in a series of reports assessing the problem of tank workers falling sick after exposure to chemical vapors from on-site waste holding tanks.

Continue reading here.

Campaign for Equal Justice: Support Legal Aid on Giving Tuesday, December 2nd

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With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just around the corner, we are all looking forward to getting great deals on Christmas gifts and holiday treats. But don’t forget to set a little aside for people in need on Giving Tuesday!

As our November newsletter noted, the Campaign is still about $600,000 away from raising the funds clients like Zahul need to receive legal aid. Your generosity this holiday season will make the difference.

Plan a gift to help out low-income people in legal crisis on Giving Tuesday, December 2nd.

All you have to do is visit our secure online donation page on December 2nd to make your gift.  Thanks for remembering people in need!

Summer Funding Strategies, Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast & WA AGO Open House Next Week

January 14- Social Justice Tuesday: Funding Your Summer in Public Service Law

12:30-1:20 pm, Room 133

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Hosted by: the Center for Public Service Law

  • Considering an unpaid internship with a non-profit or government agency domestically or abroad this summer?
  • Wondering how you’re going to support yourself?
  • Heard about PILA grants and plan to apply but want to learn more about othe sources of funding?

Join us for a discussion on strategies for funding your summer in public service law. Learn about Equal Justice America, UW Law International Summer Fellowships and more!

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu by 12pm Monday, January 13. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12pm.

January 15- Criminal Justice Connections Breakfast

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7:30-8:20 am, Room 115

Hosted by: the Center for Public Service Law and the Center for Professional & Leadership Development

  • Interested in criminal law?
  • Want to learn more about careers in prosecution and public defense?

Join prosecutors and public defenders for an informal early morning panel discussion and meet and greet. Light breakfast will be available. Bring your questions and learn more about their paths and strategies for careers in criminal law.

Please RSVP via Symplicity or email gatespsl@uw.edu by Monday, January 13. 

January 15- Washington State Attorney General’s Office Open House

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