Interested in Federal Public Defense? Positions open in Idaho and Oregon

Feb. 24: Full-time Civil Rights Attorney for Disability Rights Washington

Disability Rights WashingtonApplication Deadline: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

The attorney will spend a significant amount of time educating individuals with disabilities about legal rights and self-advocacy strategies. The attorney will respond to calls and letters from individuals seeking assistance from DRW and will travel to facilities serving these individuals to provide in-person services.  The attorney will provide services that empower people with disabilities to advocate for themselves through concise interviews, focused research, provision of information, referrals and advocacy tips, and development of informational publications. The attorney also will monitor, investigate and advocate for individuals and groups who are abused, neglected, or have had their civil rights violated. This position requires frequent travel throughout Washington State to monitor facilities and provide in-person technical assistance services.  This position will not have a primary focus on litigation, but the attorney will from time to time work on systemic litigation brought by DRW.

Read more and apply here.

March 1: Federal Defender Services of Idaho internship

federal-defenders-idahoApplication Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Federal Defender Services of Idaho is accepting applications from first- and second-year law students for a summer legal clerkship position with the Capital Habeas Unit for Summer 2017.  The Capital Habeas Unit, located in Boise, Idaho, represents individuals under a state sentence of death in Idaho, California and Nevada.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline, paid: Center for Reproductive Rights Global Legal Program internship

CRR LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: ACLU of WA Legal Intake internship

aclu_picApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The ACLU of Washington is seeking engaged, committed volunteers to help serve as the “face of the ACLU” in assisting our legal department in working with the thousands of Washingtonians who contact us each year seeking information and assistance. The ACLU of Washington is a dynamic non-profit, public interest organization devoted to protecting civil liberties and civil rights. Its staff of 30+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast paced, friendly and professional office.

Legal Intake interns work within the ACLU of Washington’s Legal Department to assist with the organization, response, and analysis of intake complaints from around Washington State on a wide range of civil liberties and other issues such as free speech, student discipline, police practices, criminal law, and jail and prison conditions.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Summer fellowship with the Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency at Yale Law School

Yale Law School LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) at Yale Law School (YLS) invites applications for a summer fellow position. The summer fellow will assist in all aspects of CRIT’s ongoing litigation and other activities.

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) is an inter-disciplinary initiative of YLS, Yale Medical School, and the Yale School of Public Health, launched in 2016. CRIT staff work in collaboration with the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA) at YLS to promote public health by ensuring open access to scientific data as well to improve the integrity of biomedical and clinical research.

Read more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Criminal Defense Investigator with the Federal Public Defender 

federal-public-defender-district-of-oregonApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Investigators are part of the FPD team representing indigent defendants charged with federal crimes ranging from trespass to murder to complex fraud.  The work includes locating and interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, assessing legal claims (including habeas corpus claims), organizing documents in databases, and developing sentencing mitigation.  Some travel is required within the district, including occasional overnight or longer trips, as well as less frequent travel outside of the district.

Read more and apply here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer Law Clerk for Immigration and Employment Law with Legal Aid Nonprofit in San Francisco

bayview-hunters-point-legal-aidApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal in San Francisco, CA, is working to prove that the law can work for everyone by creating the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation. We serve community members in the highest-need neighborhoods of San Francisco located in District 10: Bayview, Hunters Point, Potrero, Sunnydale, Visitation Valley. Eventually, we hope to expand, serve more neighborhoods, and create a model for national replication.
We are seeking a summer law clerk to help us handle immigration and employment cases. Fluent or highly proficient Spanish is required. You will work under the supervision and mentorship of our Senior Staff Attorney. Day-to-day work includes negotiating with adverse counsel, meeting clients, drafting demand letters and pleadings, and researching relevant law. We are fast-paced, high-volume office. We guarantee that you will not ever be bored. We value students who are passionate about access to civil justice, self-motivated, and have strong client service and time management skills. We believe we offer extremely challenging and rewarding positions for students who want to learn how they can be a part of universal access.
To apply, email your resume and cover letter to adrian@bhpcommunitylegal.org

 

 

Career opportunities with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

Rolling Deadline, paid: Work study position with Diversity and Public Service Programs

WSBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled

 

This position coordinates and maintains daily administrative activities, website maintenance, data collection and analysis and additional projects assigned by the Diversity and Public Service Programs Manager. The Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Diversity and Public Service Programs promotes inclusion and equity, public service and pro bono opportunities in the legal profession pursuant to the WSBA Diversity Plan and RPC 6.1. Beginning and end dates for the work study position varies depending on the student’s schedule.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline, paid: Legal/public policy summer intern with the Open Technology Institute, New America

open-technology-instituteApplication Deadline: Open until filled

New America’s Open Technology Institute seeks enthusiastic, motivated law students or individuals with equivalent experience for multiple full-time internships during summer 2017 in our Washington, DC office. We’re looking for people who are passionate about tech policy and eager to learn about complex issues in a rapidly-changing environment. Applicants should be currently enrolled in an accredited law school, have recently graduated law school, be doing graduate-level work in public policy and technology, or have recently done graduate-level work in public policy and technology. Internships are paid or for credit.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: End of Life Liberty Project intern

cascadia-nowApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The End of Life Liberty Project (ELLP) is a nonprofit think tank and effective social change agent focused on protecting and expanding the rights of terminally ill patients. It conceives, develops, and implements bold, creative advocacy to promote changes in law and policy that lead to improvements in end of life care and expanding the autonomy of terminally ill patients, enabling each to make the journey through their illness in a manner most consistent with their preferences, values and beliefs.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: Externship at the Los Angeles Superior Court

la-superior-courtApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Los Angeles Superior Court is now accepting applications for 2017 summer externships. The Court offers full-time externships in the following areas: civil, criminal, probate, family, mental health and juvenile. Externs work directly with the Superior Court’s Judicial Officers, researching and writing legal memoranda for scheduled motions, as well as observing trials and daily law and motion hearings. Externs may also be assigned special court-related projects.

Learn more and apply here

Rolling Deadline: California Lawyers for the Arts internships and fellowship positions

california-lawyers-for-the-artsApplication deadline: Open until filled, positions available now

California Lawyers for the Arts seeks Interns and Fellows to assist with the administration of CLA’s Creative Arts & Innovation Lawyer Referral & Information Service [LRIS]. CLA’s LRIS is a statewide lawyer referral service licensed by the State Bar of California and has been operating for 40+ years. CLA’s LRIS annually refers over 1,200+ California creative artists and arts organizations to attorneys who assist them with a wide range of entertainment and arts legal matters. CLA is also the statewide Administrator of the California Inventors Assistance Program, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s regional patent pro bono program under Section 32 of the America Invents Act. This program helps independent inventors and small businesses with patent-related matters.

Apply and learn more here
 

Rolling Deadline: Attorney Fellow with the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

louisian-capital-assistance-centerApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Louisiana Capital Assistance Center (LCAC) is soliciting applications for a two year fellowship position designed for junior attorneys with less than three years experience in criminal work. The intent of the fellowship is to provide less experienced attorneys with an intense and in-depth introduction into all aspects of a capital defense practice. Fellows will participate in researching and drafting legal filings, factual and mitigation investigation, record gathering, client visitation, case team meetings, case management, court preparation and office-wide strategic discussions. Fellows should expect to work long hours and face high expectations.

The LCAC is a non-profit public interest law firm founded in New Orleans in 1993, with offices in New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana.    The LCAC represents indigent defendants in capital cases – primarily at trial, but also on direct appeal, in state post-conviction and in federal habeas proceedings.  We represent clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and in federal cases.

Learn more and apply here

 

Washington’s suit over Trump’s EO; tips and tricks for the NW Public Service Career Fair

AG Ferguson seeks halt to Trump’s immigration Executive Order

washington-ago-color-sealOriginally published by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office on January 30, 2017.

“Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court today against President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump Administration officials. Ferguson’s complaint asks the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare unconstitutional key provisions of President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order.” Read the full news release here.

Tips for the NW Public Service Career Fair

big-nw-public-service-career-fair-logoWhether you’ve got an interview lined up and/or just planning on doing table talk/informational interviews – come prepared!

Here are some great table talk tips from our friends at Equal Justice Works: http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/ccf/studenttabletalktips2012.pdf

Be sure to check out these great tips on how to avoid silly mistakes during a career fair interview: http://blog.psjd.org/2012/02/06/the-10-biggest-mistakes-you-can-make-while-interviewing-at-public-interest-law-career-fairs/

Also, worried about last minute jitters at the fair? The Gates Public Service Law Program will be on site to help with any last minute coaching tips and support. Finally, are you thinking about skipping out on table talk in the morning? Please don’t! Remember, there’s a reason employers invest their time in table talk. Many students have been able to grow their network and even sometimes get interviews simply by hitting it off with attorneys during table talk! Read more details here.

The Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards is open

equal_justice_works_logo
The annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest Awards application is now open! Every year, EJW honors law students who have provided extraordinary service through clinics, volunteer work, internships, extracurricular projects, and more.

If you know a law student who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and pro bono work, direct them to the Student Justice Center so they can find out more info and apply! You can email at students@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

Best practices for fighting poverty in a Trump presidency

screenshot-51Originally published in Clearinghouse Community as “Now What? Poverty-Fighting Ideas for Another New Administration” written by John Bouman, Marie Claire Tran-Leung & Andrew Hammond.

“Pres. Donald Trump comes into office having made some history of his own, mostly for his unconventional campaign and the racially charged rhetoric that he used throughout. Given that he has no track record in government and that his cabinet nominees thus far have been openly hostile to the supports—affordable health care, a living wage, robust enforcement of civil rights—that low-income people need most to move out of poverty, our expectations for the federal government under the new administration are at best uncertain. President Trump’s job is to lead not some, but all people living in our country, and we and our colleagues at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law intend to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard on important issues affecting them and their communities, especially those who have historically had difficulty being heard.” Read the full article here.

Stoneleigh Foundation funding multiple post-grad fellowships for community building

Jan. 9, paid: Environmental Law Institute summer clerkship

Application Deadline: Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

In accord with our mission to build the skills and capacity of tomorrow’s leaders, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) provides opportunities for law students to join us at the Inenvironmental-law-institutestitute. The University of Washington School of Law, with the generous sponsorship of Marten Law, is providing funding for one UW Law student to participate in our summer clerkship program with a stipend.

ELI summer law clerks work closely with ELI experts on domestic and international projects spanning ELI’s full range of expertise. Law clerks also may assist in the editing and production of ELI publications, such as the Environmental Law Reporter. Law clerks provide crucial support for ELI projects and publications by conducting legal and policy research, drafting memoranda, attending and reporting on briefings and current events, and assisting in the preparation of reports and other published materials. Learn more here.

Application Process: Get more information here.

Various Deadlines: Two-year fellowships for post-grads

Stoneleigh FoundationApplication Deadline: Each fellowship has a different deadline ranging from Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 to Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

The Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship provides hands-on experience for early career professionals interested in addressing the needs of Greater Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth through policy analysis, research, or advocacy.  Fellows work collaboratively with a host organization to execute a project that simultaneously advances the mission of the organization and provides the Fellow with the opportunity to gain new skills, leadership, and experience.  This full-time, two-year Fellowship provides salary, benefits, and a stipend for professional development.

Opportunities: Leveraging Civil Legal Services to Fight Youth Homelessness (Dec. 20), Reducing Education Barriers of LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming Youth (Dec. 30), Improving Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Through Higher Education (Dec. 31), Coalition Building to Address Youth Homelessness (Jan. 6)

Application Process: Apply for each fellowship individually here.

Rolling Deadline: Associate Legal Aid Attorney for the AARP

aarpApplication Deadline: Open until filled

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. Read more about the position here.

 Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling Deadline: King County Dept. of Public Defense hiring 3L for full-time position
king-county-dpd

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now actively recruiting 3rd year law students committed to working in public defense in King County to begin employment in late summer 2017. The successful applicant will have a passion for public defense and a demonstrated commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. He or she will also have a demonstrated ability to receive feedback and integrate that feedback into his or her practice. The scope of representation expected by an attorney is determined by the nature of the case assignment and in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. Caseload standards established by the State Supreme Court and that foster excellence in legal representation are observed in accordance with Washington State Bar Association guidelines. Attorneys in the Department of Public Defense are expected to complete all required trainings and to actively advance their level of practice by seeking additional learning opportunities. Read more about the position here.

Application Process: Learn more here and apply online here

Rolling Deadline: Campaign Legal Center hiring Summer Law Clerk

campaign-legal-centerApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Washington, DC, is seeking law students to serve as summer law clerks in 2017. CLC’s mission is to improve our democracy and protect the fundamental right of all Americans to participate in the political process. To that end, CLC litigates impact cases on voting rights, partisan gerrymandering, and campaign finance protections. CLC also runs a state and local program to help draft and defend democracy reforms at the local level. CLC oversees the Voting Rights Institute. Now more than ever, CLC’s work protecting our democracy is critical.

 

Summer law clerks at CLC have the opportunity to work across all of CLC’s issue area. Summer law clerks are tasked with advanced legal work including writing legal pleadings and briefs, researching complex issues for pending and potential lawsuits, investigating claims of voting discrimination, drafting regulatory language, and writing complaints to the Federal Election Commission. CLC anticipates that 2017 law clerks will assist with pending litigation attacking felon disfranchisement, partisan gerrymandering, and FEC inaction to enforce our campaign finance laws. Summer law clerks will also assist in writing testimony for CLC staff who testify before Congress or other bodies on proposed legislation or oversight hearings. Through the VRI, summer associates will also have the opportunity to work with voting rights lawyers to help train the next generation of voting rights lawyers and to guide voting rights research needed to safeguard the right to vote. Learn more about the position here

Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: DOJ summer legal internship in the civil rights, education opportunities section

DOJApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Educational Opportunities Section enforces federal laws that protect students from discrimination. The Section is responsible for enforcing, among other statutes, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and religion in public schools and institutions of higher learning; the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 which, among other things, requires states and school districts to provide English Language Learner students with appropriate services to overcome language barriers; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability. The Section also plays a significant role in enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin by recipients of federal funds); Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex by recipients of federal funds); and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The Section enforces these statutes and court decisions in a diverse array of cases involving elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education. The Section may intervene in private suits alleging violations of education-related anti-discrimination statutes and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching & Advocacy Fellow at Harvard Law School

Harvard Seal

Application Deadline: Open until filled

The fellowship will provide an opportunity for an attorney to work at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) on direct representation of individuals applying for asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection, starting in the summer of 2017. The Fellow, who will be housed at Harvard Law School, will assist with the supervision of clinical students and work closely with experienced attorneys and clinicians at Harvard Law School and Greater Boston Legal Services during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Fellow will appear in immigration court and in front of administrative bodies with clinic students and will provide close supervision of student casework in conjunction with the Clinic Director and Assistant Director. The Fellow will assist with supervising the Harvard Immigration Project (HIP), the student practice organization, in conjunction with the HIP supervising attorney. Learn more here.

Application Process: Get application instructions here.

Rolling Deadline: School-year and summer judicial externship for 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls

u-s-district-eastern-washingtonApplication deadline: Open until filled

The Honorable Salvador Mendoza, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington, is hiring externs. His office is looking for a 2L or 3L for Winter or Spring 2017, and a 1L for Summer 2017.

Application Process: Email Monica Villanueva (Monica_Villanueva@waed.uscourts.gov) with a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample.

Summer opportunities with UN Women; AGO Civil Rights Unit hiring externs; post-grad fellowship with Columbia Legal Services

Nov. 25: United Nations Women – Migration Internship

UN womenApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

UN 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 development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

Women’s economic empowerment, including the empowerment of migrant women and girls, is one of the priority areas of UN Women, as reflected in the organization’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017. The Migration Portfolio forms part of the Economic Empowerment Section of the Policy Division at UN Women Headquarters in New York. In 2016, the Migration Team’s work-streams have included: Coordinating UN Women’s chairing of the Global Migration Group (GMG) in 2016; Managing the implementation of UN Women’s EU-funded project on “Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Workers’ Labour and Human Rights: Engaging with International and National Human Rights Mechanisms to enhance Accountability” due to be finalised in early 2017; Supporting the UN system, requesting Member States and other relevant entities to develop gender-responsive approaches to migration that promote gender equality and the empowerment of migrant women and girls. Read more about the migration internship here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: UN Women – Women, Peace and Security Intern 

UN womenApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection. Read more here.

Application Process: Apply here.

Nov. 30: SEIU Fight for $15 one-year legal fellowship

seiuApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The Legal Department of the Service Employees International Union will have an opening for a law fellow in Washington, D.C., starting in September 2017. The SEIU Law Fellowship Program was established to introduce recent law graduates to a broad range of legal work within an international union, and offers an excellent opportunity for new lawyers to work with experienced union-side lawyers on a variety of cutting-edge issues related to the advancement of workers’ interests.

The 2017 Fight for $15 Law Fellow will provide legal support for SEIU’s campaign in support of the Fight for $15 movement. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the legal department’s work. While each fellowship experience varies according to the work of the department, the Fellow can expect to be involved in at least some of the following types of work: litigation to enforce the labor and employment rights of union members; handling matters before the National Labor Relations Board; drafting amicus briefs in support of workers’ rights issues before the NLRB and appellate courts; advice and assistance to staff organizers on organizing campaigns; involvement in policy and legislative initiatives; and participation in SEIU’s political program. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Dec. 1: Paid internship at public interest firm

Spiegel & McDiarmid LogoApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

The Spiegal Summer Program is designated to introduce law degree candidates or recipients to the firm’s practice areas (Electric, Gas, Environment and Energy, Hydro and Water, Telecommunications, Transportation, Utility Workforce, Public Policy and Lobbying, Litigation and Appeals, Compliance and Enforcement, and Contracts and Rate Negotiations), our approach to quality legal representation, and our culture. Summer Associates are intricately involved with the firm’s cases and fully utilize their skills in our challenging work environment.

Application Process: Please send resume and cover letter to recruiting@spiegelmcd.com

Dec. 1: Post-grad opportunities with the Presidential Management Fellows Program

PMF Logo1Application Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Since  1977 the PMF Program has matched outstanding graduate students with exciting Federal opportunities. The PMF Program is a great leadership training ground. You’ll perform valuable service to the American people while jump-starting your career, whatever you envision that to be. You’ll get full salary and benefits as well as challenging assignments, training, mentoring, plus an opportunity to make government work better. Find out more.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 9: Children’s Law Center hiring summer intern

Children's Law Center LogoApplication Deadline: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to be the voice for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 8 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Visit www.childrenslawcenter.org to learn more about the organization, and click here to read the internship posting.

Job Description Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2017 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits.

Application Process: No telephone calls, please. Submit a resume, writing sample, references, and cover letter. It is mandatory for each applicant to explicitly rank his or her project preferences on a scale of 1 through 5 in their cover letter, with “1” designating an applicant’s first choice and “5” designating an applicant’s last choice. Children’s Law Center’s hiring committee may elect not to review applications which fail to designate the applicant’s project preferences in the manner requested.

Dec. 11: AGO, Civil Rights Unit hiring winter and spring externs

washington-ago-color-sealApplication Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

The Attorney General’s Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit works to protect the civil rights of everyone in Washington.  The Attorney General enforces state and federal laws, including laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, status as a family with children, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a breastfeeding mother, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. Read more here.

The Civil Rights Unit in Seattle has an excellent opportunity for a second or third-year law student seeking an externship beginning in January and ending in May, the Civil Rights Unit also understands UW is on the quarter system and will work on start/end dates that work for all. The position would involve assisting with the investigation of civil rights complaints, conducting legal research on civil rights laws in Washington state, drafting written discovery as necessary and other duties as assigned.

Application Process: Apply here.

Dec. 15: Summer internship with the Urban Justice Center, Mental Health Project

Urban Justice Center NYCApplication Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers, and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. We represent individual clients, bring class action lawsuits and engage in community education with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in substantive legal work, including interviewing clients, representing clients in court and at administrative hearings, researching and writing briefs, and working on class action lawsuits and systemic reform.

Application Process: Apply here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Columbia Legal Services Elder Law Fellowship now accepting applications

columbia20legal20servicesApplication Deadline: Open until filled, first round of applications considered by Nov. 21

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 when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. Through large-scale litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our lawyers and staff work in furtherance of our mission. The ideal candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.

Columbia Legal Services seeks a one-year Elder Law Fellow to support its practice on behalf of low-income clients and to advance systemic reform. Areas of practice on behalf of seniors will include public benefits, guardianship, housing, and access to medical or mental health services. A willingness and ability to learn these areas is critical to success. Read more about the fellowship here.

Application Process: Read about the application process here.

Rolling deadline, paid: Laurel Rubin Farmworker Justice Project

nw-justice-projectApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Northwest Justice Project Farmworker Unit seeks summer interns to assist experienced attorneys in serving migrant farm workers through farm labor camp outreach, community education and legal work. Law student outreach is an essential component in helping workers in their efforts to enforce their labor rights and obtain access to needed services.

Law students will work with attorneys on ongoing cases and projects, including farmworker sexual harassment cases and community education, pesticide safety, wage theft, and advocacy related to the H-2A temporary visa program for farmworkers. Northwest Justice Project is the LSC funded staffed Legal Services program for Washington State. The positions are focused full –time on farmworker advocacy. Read more here.

Application Process: Application instructions here.

Attention, enviromental lawyers! NOAA, Dept. of Energy hiring entry-level attorneys

Due Nov. 15: U.S. Dept. of Energy hiring trial attorney

doe
Application Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation is seeking an attorney to join the legal team supporting litigation involving challenges to DOE programs, actions and interests.

The incumbent represents DOE’s interests in litigation before administrative bodies, Federal district courts, courts of appeal, and other courts to provide legal advice and counsel on highly complex and difficult legal issues, and coordinates and prepares cases with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Cases may include issues of civil procedure, Federal court jurisdiction, and energy, administrative, Constitutional, environmental, contract, civil rights, or other areas of law. Cases assigned to the incumbent may have broad impact on government-wide programs and involve complex factual questions and significant legal issues. Given the scope, complexity, and sensitivity of cases, and the amount of potential damages, the incumbent maintains close working relations with officials at various levels within and outside DOE to resolve substantive problems and issues. Read more here.

 Application Process: Please submit your application to the mailbox– GC-16-0009@hq.doe.gov A complete application should include a cover letter and a current resume with 3 references, and a writing sample sufficiently complex in nature to demonstrate the applicant’s skills in the qualifications for this position.

Due Nov. 18, 2016: NOAA hiring recent grads

noaaApplication Deadline: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

The NOAA Office of the General Counsel is recruiting highly-qualified law school students, judicial law clerks, and legal fellows for entry level attorney positions in regional and headquarters offices for our Fall 2017 Attorney Honors Program. Approximately two to four positions are available for the Fall 2017 Program.

Honors Program attorneys will participate in rotations through the legal sections located in the Washington, D.C. area. Attorneys may also volunteer to rotate through a regional section. At the end of the rotations and consistent with the needs of the Office, we will permanently place attorneys in a specific legal section, making reasonable efforts to take into account their preferences for a permanent location. While we expect to place attorneys in one of the Washington, D.C. area sections, attorneys may request permanent placement in one of the six regional sections in Seattle, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Gloucester, MA; Long Beach, CA; Juneau, AK; and Honolulu, HI. If a permanent placement involves a change in location, the attorney will be responsible for his or her relocation costs. Read more here.

Application Process: For employment beginning in fall 2017, the application period opened October 11, 2016, and will close on November 18, 2016. We will accept applications (cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript) for this vacancy as described in a USAJOBS that is posted at http://www.usajobs.gov/.

Due Nov. 30: Colorado Legal Services hiring lawyers in multiple locations

colorado-legal-servicesApplication Deadline: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Colorado Legal Services, LaJunta and Alamosa offices, are hiring attorneys to represent low-income clients in civil cases.  Salary range begins at $44,125 (DOE), and excellent benefits.  Applicants must be able to handle fast moving, high volume litigation caseload.  Sensitivity to the legal needs of low-income individuals and minorities is prerequisite. Bilingual English/Spanish desired. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Application Process: Learn how to apply here.

Rolling Deadline: KCBA Project Safe Staff Attorney

KCBA LogoApplication Deadline: Open until filled, but screening begins Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Project Safety is a federally-funded (Victims of Crime Act) initiative that provides civil legal services to victims of crime in coordination with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office (KCPAO). Project Safety is an integrated, multi-agency partnership working to address a range of critical legal needs in order to ensure the safety and well-being of crime victims. KCBA Pro Bono Services seeks a Project Safety staff attorney to provide legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in Domestic Violence Protection Order cases and to develop a pro bono court-based program in collaboration with KCPAO’s Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) at the King County Superior Court. The staff attorney will divide their time between the KCBA office and the POAP office at the Seattle courthouse. Read more here.

Application Process: Send a resume, three references and a cover letter, in which you address your qualifications for this position, particularly your commitment to equal justice and your interest in working with survivors of domestic violence. Application materials should be sent to: hr@kcba.org.

Rolling Deadline: Office of Program Research Counsel for WA House

pubsitebanner2013full2xApplication Deadline: Open until filled

The Washington State House of Representatives’ Office of Program Research (OPR) provides nonpartisan staff support to House members and committees in Olympia. OPR is currently seeking candidates for a staff position as Counsel. The candidate selected to fill this position will provide support to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee and the House Environment Committee. The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee considers issues relating to agricultural production, marketing, and sales; animal and plant disease control; fisheries and wildlife; forest practices and forest fire protection; water; and mining. The committee also considers the management of certain state-owned lands.

The House Environment Committee considers issues relating to the State Environmental Policy Act, the Shoreline Management Act, air quality, aquatic lands, oil spill prevention, recycling and solid waste, hazardous waste, toxics, climate change, and parks and recreation. The committee also oversees the Puget Sound Partnership’s activities in Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

Application Process: Contact the OPR here.

Rolling Deadline: Domestic Violence Prevention Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid

bayarealegal200-1Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Napa, Marin & Contra Costa (NaCoMa) County Regional Office has offices located in Napa and Richmond with mobile advocacy sites throughout the counties in Bay Point, Concord and Pittsburg with possible travel throughout the Bay Area. We are seeking an experienced attorney to represent survivors of interpersonal violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or human trafficking) in a range of civil legal services. Read more here.

Application Process: Please send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to: Nina Vasquez, Human Resources at: jobs@baylegal.org. Please reference BayLegal NaCoMa DV Prevention Position Fall 2016 in your application.

Rolling Deadline: Advancement Project internship

Advancement Project LogoApplication Process: Open until filled

 

Advancement Project is currently seeking candidates for legal internships for Summer 2017 at our national Washington, DC office. Interns will work closely with our staff of civil rights attorneys, organizers, and communication experts in creating and implementing strategies to support identified community-organizing efforts around racial justice issues. Advancement Project is a policy and legal action civil rights organization that develops innovative strategies for achieving universal opportunity and a racially just democracy. With offices in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA, we provide community-focused lawyering, policy research, and aggressive media strategies to grassroots organizations fighting to promote racial and social justice. Our efforts are primarily focused in these major areas: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track, Voter Protection, Quality Education, Immigrant Justice, Policing/Mass Incarceration, and Right to Vote. Read more here.

Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to the attention of Kaitlin Banner, at InternProgram@advancementproject.org. Reference “Summer 2017 Legal Internship – (Your First and Last Name)” in the subject line.

Rolling Deadline: Paid summer internship with Americans for Financial Reform

afrApplication Deadline: Open until filled

Americans for Financial Reform is seeking a law student intern for Summer 2017.

We are a public-interest group dedicated to fundamental reform of Wall Street, and to rooting out the abuses built into financial products such as payday loans and private student loans. Senator Elizabeth Warren helped found AFR, which played a pivotal role in creating and defending her vision of a strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In broader terms, we are committed to holding Wall Street accountable and to the goal of a smaller, simpler financial system that serves the needs of the society as a whole. For more about AFR and its work, see the video with Senator Warren posted at defenddoddfrank.org. Read more about the internship here.

Application Process: Please send a resume, two writing samples (ideally, one legal and one non-legal), unofficial undergraduate and law school transcripts (with a list of first-year courses and first-semester grades, if available), and a short cover letter explaining your interest in AFR and the dates of your availability to AFRLegalInternship@gmail.com with the subject line “SUMMER 2017 LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIP.”

Interested in Indian Law? Summer Internship Opportunities Available

U.S. Sentencing Commission Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 10/19

USSC

The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls! Southern Poverty Law Center Offering Paid Summer Legal Internship in Miami, Due 10/23

SPLC Logo

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law. SPLC’s Miami office works primarily in the areas of children’s rights and mass incarceration. It uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community mobilization to ensure that Florida’s juvenile justice and education systems result in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

For more information, click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center Seeking Summer Legal Intern, Due 10/25, Paid Position

SPLC Logo

The Southern Poverty Law Center offers summer internships to exceptional second-year law students who possess strong academic backgrounds, excellent research and writing skills, and a commitment to public interest law.  SPLC’s Jackson, MS office uses public policy advocacy, legal representation, and community organizing to ensure that juvenile justice, educational and mental health system results in positive outcomes for families, children, and communities.

Summer interns assist SPLC’s attorneys and advocates with significant legal research and writing, field investigations, client interviews in correctional and mental health facilities, outreach, and public policy advocacy.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeks Fellows and Legal Interns

Indian Law Resource Center Fellowship Applications Due 10/30ILRC Logo

The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to providing legal advice, assistance, and representation to Indian tribes and indigenous communities throughout the Americas. We are also committed to developing new attorneys in the fields of Indian law and international human rights law.

To this end, we offer several fellowship and clerkship opportunities in both our Helena, Montana and Washington, D.C. offices. These fellowship and clerkship opportunities require a minimum eight week commitment and entail legal research and writing on major Indian rights issues related to current projects of the Indian Law Resource Center. The Lewis and Sidley Fellowships both offer a stipend of $3,000 for the term of the Fellowship. Applicants are welcome to supplement this stipend with additional financial support through their law school’s public interest programs or through other public interest scholarships.

The John D. B. Lewis Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in international indigenous human rights issues.
The Terrance A. Sidley Fellowship is a competitive Fellowship awarded each year to a law student who shows particular promise for a career in federal Indian law and international indigenous human rights issues.

For more information, click here.

Indian Law Resource Center Seeks Fall 2015 Legal Intern, Position Open Until Filled

The Indian Law Resource Center seeks a legal intern for our Washington, DC office for Fall 2015. Knowledge of international and/or federal Indian law and Spanish language skills are preferred but not required. Internships are available for all levels of experience.

Applications for the Fall 2015 legal internship are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

For more information, click here.

Procopio Seeks Summer 2016 Native American Intern, Due 10/30

Procopio Logo

Procopio has a long-standing tradition of providing growth opportunities to the communities we serve. Procopio’s Native American Practice Group extends this tradition by actively investing in the future leaders of Indian Country through offering paid internships for Native American law students or law students with an emphasis in Native American law. Please join us in identifying qualified legal students within Native American communities that may be interested in being part of this engaging opportunity.

The Native American Law Internship provides an opportunity for a Native American law student, or law student emphasizing Native American Law, to gain hands-on experience dealing with everyday legal issues facing Native American communities. Interns are involved in matters that deal with specific Indian law-related legal practice matters and other legal problems facing tribal governments and Native entities. Procopio Interns reach out to local Native American youth to provide guidance and inspiration regarding educational direction and opportunities.

For more information, click here.

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. Seeks DC Summer 2016 Law Student Intern, Position Open Until Filled

NAACP Logo

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is currently accepting law student internship applications for Summer 2016.  Summer interns will be responsible for legal and policy research, legal writing, policy analysis, monitoring federal legislation and administrative activity, factual investigation, development of educational and outreach material, discovery review, and/or other needs that may arise during the summer.  Intern assignments depend on the needs of LDF’s legal and policy staff during the summer months. Summer interns will be exposed to a variety of activity within the largest national civil rights coalition, including a series of brown bag luncheons featuring prominent civil rights and public interest attorneys, attended by interns from numerous non-profit legal organizations. Internships are unpaid and limited in number.

For more information, click here.

Columbia Legal Services Seeking Spanish Bilingual Staff Attorney in Working Families Project Immigrant Workers Group (Yakima, WA), Due 11/2

CLS Logo

Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Immigrant Workers Group. This position will provide systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to advance a broad range of legal issues affecting farm and other low-wage workers and their families in Washington. This position will focus primarily on employment, as well as related civil rights and access to equal opportunities in our communities.

For more information, click here.

Planned Parenthood Seeking Lobbyist and Policy Coordinator in Washington, Position Open Until Filled

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii (PPVNH) is the advocacy and political arm of the four Planned Parenthood affiliates in Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Hawaii. Collectively we advocate for the services that more than 200,000 patients receive at Planned Parenthood health centers in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaiian Islands each year. We work on behalf of all women and men to promote government policies that ensure equal and open access to reproductive health care for women and their families.

We are seeking a Lobbyist and Policy Coordinator to lead the PPVNH state team’s government
relations in pursuit of public policies that protect and promote a full range of reproductive health and rights for all the diverse people in Washington’s communities, as well as those policies that make it possible for women, men, and families to access reproductive health services and information.

For more information, click here.

Earthjustice Seeking Health Communities Legal Fellow, Position Open Until Filled

EarthJustice Logo

Earthjustice invites 2015 law school graduates and current law school students expecting to graduate before the fall of 2016 to apply for the two-year Healthy Communities Legal Fellowship. The fellowship is based in Earthjustice’s Washington, D.C. office and will begin in September 2016.

This Fellowship is designed to help new attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective legal advocates skilled in the various aspects of public-interest litigation. Attorneys who graduated law school prior to 2015 are encouraged to apply to openings within Earthjustice’s Associate Attorney Program.

The term of the Fellowship is two years, after which the Fellow may be considered for open positions in the Associate Attorney Program. Starting salary for the Fellowship is competitive and we offer an excellent benefits package.

For more information, click here.