New Public Defender Career Handbook, Networking Opportunities & Human Rights News

Interested in Career in Public Defense? Check out the Newly Updated Public Defender Handbook

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PSJD.org recently published NYU’s 2014 Public Defender Handbook. One of the most comprehensive career handbooks around this guide will walk you through all of the nuts and bolts of building a career in public defense. Don’t miss out!

 

Are you Looking for Any Easy Way to Network with UW Law Alumni? Regional Networking Groups are Now Available Online!

networkingUW Law alumni extend across the country and internationally. Regional alumni groups allow alumni and students in these regions to stay connected with each other and the law school. Check out the regional networking groups here.

Friendly Networking Tips:

  1. before you contact alumni be sure to research them to learn more about their practice area.
  2. when you do email them, be sure to mention that you got their contact info from the UW regional networking group link.
  3. if you don’t get a response right away don’t worry, it might be a busy time for them. Give it some time and a couple of tries. Persistence usually pays off. Otherwise, just contact another regional member!

Attention Law Grads! Announcing the 2015 Human Rights Essay Award

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Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Homosexuality Law

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Activists celebrated after the anti-gay law was thrown out, reports Andrew Harding. Uganda’s Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February. It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal. Homosexual acts were already illegal, but the new law allowed for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and banned the “promotion of homosexuality”. Several donors have cut aid to Uganda since the law was adopted.

Ugandan government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said the government was still waiting the attorney general’s advice about whether to challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court. He added that the ruling showed to Western donors that Uganda’s democracy was functioning very well and that they should reinstate any aid they had cut. Continue reading here.

Advocates for Children, Families Oppose Cuts to Services to Fund McCleary

 

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August 4, 2014 – Columbia Legal Services

Advocates for children and families have filed an Amicus Curiae brief with the state Supreme Court, opposing one of the Court’s proposed remedies in the McCleary v. Washington case.

The Children’s Alliance, Columbia Legal Services, and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance filed the brief this morning. The brief requests that, as the state moves to comply with the Court’s ruling, it refrain from funding education in a way that jeopardizes housing and other basic services to children and families. The brief may be found here.

“If we cut social programs to pay for education, everyone’s worse off,” says Paola Maranan, executive director of the Children’s Alliance. “In addressing our failure to uphold kids’ right to a basic education, we don’t want the solution to exacerbate the problem.”

While education must be fully funded, the brief explains how students in low-income families face barriers outside the classroom that prevent them from obtaining a basic education. These barriers also expand the educational opportunity gap that exists between white students and students of color.

In the brief, the organizations explain how, even with the existing level of funding for social programs, students in low-income families and students of color often cannot achieve educational opportunity. Thus, the organizations argue, financing education by cutting or freezing basic services would exacerbate the barriers to education that students in low-income families and students of color already face.

Housing advocates assert the legislature has already cut to the bone funding for both housing and homelessness services. For instance, the State Housing Trust Fund has declined sharply since 2008. This important tool for creating affordable homes received zero dollars this most recent legislative session. Cutting programs could not have come at a worse time, as students in homeless households are at an all-time high. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reported 30,609 homeless students in the 2012-13 school year.

“For children across Washington, the lack of a safe, stable home can be a huge barrier to learning,” says Housing Alliance executive director Rachael Myers. “We already have proven, innovative programs that create affordable homes and keep families and children stably housed. They just need to be adequately funded.”

“Every child deserves an opportunity to succeed,” adds Maranan. “Good nutrition, household economic stability, child care, health care: these help keep kids in school, body and mind.”

Another Amicus brief was filed today by the Washington State Budget & Policy Center and six co-signing organizations. Their brief argues that legislators cannot responsibly fund education without raising new revenue, and that failure to raise revenue will lead to budget cuts that will harm kids’ ability to succeed in the classroom.

The Amicus participants support the Court’s finding in McCleary that the state must provide adequate funding to ensure the right of all children to an education that prepares them for lifelong success.

 

 

DOJ Civil Rights Division Summer Internships, Gates Foundation Seeking Motivated 2L or LLM, San Francisco Legal Aid Seeking UW Law Students and More

Gates Foundation Seeking Highly Motivated 2L or LLM Student for Summer Legal Internship

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The Legal Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks a highly motivated 2L student to join our 2014 Summer Internship Program.

“Guidance, Solutions, Integrity” describes the Legal Team’s approach to providing comprehensive legal guidance supporting the implementation of the foundation’s strategies. The Legal Team offers creative solutions that accomplish programmatic objectives, develops and implements efficient legal processes to streamline the foundation’s investment making practices, and applies preventive legal strategies and compliance policies to minimize risks and safeguard the foundation’s reputation.

Position Summary & Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of the Legal Team to provide advice and counsel on a broad range of legal issues critical to the foundation’s mission, which may include exposure to the foundation’s various program teams and strategies.
  • Work on matters across the various practice groups of the legal team, including tax, intellectual property and complex transactions.
  • Although work assignments vary depending on client needs, we expect to rely on our summer associate to help complete actual client work.
  • Review and participate in preparing grant agreements, review proposals, concept notes and contracts, and identify issues related to proposed projects.
  • Provide guidance in the due diligence process to assess business structures and intellectual property rights of potential grantees.
  • Become familiar with laws and best practices applicable to private foundations generally as well as other issues that are applicable to the foundation.
  • Provide support in other investment matters or foundation policies and issues as needed, providing counsel and creative problem solving on a broad range of issues.

Don’t delay! The Gates Foundation is accepting applications from law students from any law school this year. Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through November 3. For complete description and application instructions check the Symplicity posting here.

Legal Aid Society- Employment Law Center in San Francisco Seeking UW Law Summer Interns

LAS-ELC  The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center promotes the stability of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families by addressing issues that affect their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. Using the law as a tool, the LAS–ELC helps workers attain financial security by preserving their employment opportunities. We believe that stable working conditions and adequate income strengthen families and build communities. By protecting the employment status of wage earners, we provide families the means to pull through adverse times, avoid the downward spiral caused by job loss, and be fully contributing members of society.

For complete information and application instructions please click here. Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Don’t delay!

** SPECIAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR UW LAW STUDENTS** In addition to following the application instructions listed on the website, be sure to ALSO copy the email to Marsha Chien at mchien@las-elc.org.

King County Hiring Senior Deputy Ombudsman for Rural and Unincorporated Area Affairs

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The Senior Deputy Ombudsman investigates and seeks resolution of jurisdictional citizen complaints about King County government operations and alleged ethics code violations, and employee reports of improper governmental action or retaliation. The duties of the Senior Deputy Ombudsman for Rural and Unincorporated Area Affairs will emphasize land use-related issues and complaints. The Rural Ombudsman is generally sole or lead investigator on complaints by property owners involving the departments of Permitting and Environmental Review, Natural Resources and Parks, Transportation-Roads Division, and Environmental Health. The position reports directly to the Ombudsman-Director.

Minimum Qualifications: The position requires graduation from an accredited four-year institution of higher learning with coursework in public administration, political science, law, business, communications, or other fields relevant to this position plus four years of progressively responsible research and investigative work, issue analysis, land use, public policy formulation, or code compliance, preferably in the government sector; OR any equivalent combination of relevant education, experience and training. Formal training and certifications in conducting investigations, interviewing techniques, dispute resolution, and public presentations are desirable.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis through Monday, October 28. For complete description and application instructions please click here.

The Feds Are Back in Business: Check Out All of the Summer Internship Programs with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division

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Interns gain a unique and exciting view of the work and mission of the Division. Interns will assist Division attorneys and/or specialists in a variety of assignments, including conducting legal and factual research, preparing documents and exhibits, interviewing witnesses, summarizing depositions, analyzing records, and other case-related work. Interns in the Policy and Strategy Section, as well as interns in some other sections, will assist the Division with a full range of civil rights policy work, including legislative proposals, policy development, and engaging civil rights stakeholders.

From the Office of Attorney General, Disability Rights, Employment Litigation, Policy and Strategy, to Voting Rights (to name a few), there’s virtually something for every social justice, public service and law enforcement interest. While each division has it’s own application process, do apply early. Applications tend be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For more info. application instructions and the complete list of specialized offices, please click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Washington Supreme Court is Looking for a Few Good Externs

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