Still Looking for Summer Internships? Check Out These Great Opportunities to Serve Low-Income Clients

Want to provide direct legal services to low-income clients? The Northwest Justice Project’s Veteran’s Project is Looking for Summer Interns!

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Northwest Justice Project’s Veterans Project seeks a summer law clerk in NJP’s Seattle Office.  The student law clerk will work with an Equal Justice Works Fellow providing civil legal aid to incarcerated veterans and veterans who are defendants in local veterans treatment courts.  Student law clerks will gain experience at Washington’s largest legal aid provider for low-income persons and develop skills in client interviewing, case management, and advocacy before the Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington Department of Social and Health Services.  Scheduling is flexible and a minimum commitment of ten 30 to 35 hour work weeks (or equivalent) is expected.  The position is unpaid.  Students may be eligible to seek summer funding under the AmeriCorps J.D. program.  Students wishing to receive externship credit are also welcome.  1L’s and 2L’s can apply by sending a resume and 1-page cover letter to leof@nwjustice.org.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

European Roma Rights Centre Seeking Consultant (Senior Researcher), Due 5/4

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The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.

The ICJ is seeking to recruit a Programme Manager who will be responsible for working with the ICJ’s team to implement ICJs transitional justice work in Nepal.  The ideal candidate has practical experience managing projects in Nepal or in the South Asia region and has a background in human rights, social sciences or law. The position holder reports to the Director for South Asia and works closely with the rest of the team in Kathmandu. In addition, the Programme Manager reports indirectly to the Regional Director and the Senior Programme Manager at the Asia and Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok. This position is based in Kathmandu.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance in California Seeking Staff Attorney, Due 5/16

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A medical-legal partnership is a health care delivery model that improves the health and well-being of low-income and other vulnerable populations by addressing unmet legal needs and removing legal barriers that impede health. The Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney partners with front-line physicians, nurses, case managers and others to: (1) provide direct legal assistance to patients; (2) develop/align strategies to improve health and legal institutions and practices; and (3) change policies, all in service of ensuring vulnerable people get and stay healthy.

For a complete job description, click here.

Global Workers Justice Alliance Seeking Summer 2014 Legal Intern, Due 5/30

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Global Workers Justice Alliance (“Global Workers”) is a transnational advocacy organization whose mission is to combat migrant worker exploitation and win ‘portable justice’ for migrants and their families.  Global Workers seeks a summer law student intern to assist with several legal research and writing projects.

This is an unpaid internship.  We are willing and able to work with law students to complete and/or verify applications for outside funding to work with us.

Language(s): English. Spanish proficiency helpful, but not required.

For a full job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls!  Equal Rights Advocates Seeking Law Clerk for Summer 2014, Apply Now!

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Equal Rights Advocates, founded in 1974, protects and expands economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls, using a three-pronged advocacy approach consisting of impact litigation, policy and direct services.

Law Clerks have the unique opportunity to work in an exciting non-profit women’s rights law firm. ERA has been fighting for women’s equality through litigation and advocacy for 39 years. Under the supervision of ERA attorneys, law clerks staff our advice and counseling hotline. They interview callers and provide legal advice regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX enforcement, family & medical leave, and other employment issues. Law clerks also assist with impact litigation and legislation by conducting research and writing assignments; attending court hearings, depositions, and internal litigation strategy sessions; and working with ERA lawyers on legislative advocacy. Law clerks may also have the opportunity to present educational workshops to community groups regarding sex discrimination and women’s rights.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Seeking Immigration Law Research Fellows in Washington, D.C., Paid Position

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan, U.S. federal government commission – the first of its kind in the world – that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and Congressional leadership of both political parties.

As part of its mandate from Congress, USCIRF also monitors the U.S. government’s treatment of asylum seekers in Expedited Removal. For more information, please visit here.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is looking to hire two full-time Immigration Law Research Fellows for the summer.  Both will be paid positions.  The ideal candidate will have studied U.S. asylum law, including the procedures for processing asylum seekers in Expedited Removal.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Break the Cycle Seeking Legal and Policy Research Fellow for the Summer of 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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Break the Cycle is seeking a legal and policy research fellow to join our team of energetic professionals committed to social change! With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Break the Cycle is a national nonprofit that works to empower youth and adults to end dating abuse and promote healthy relationships. Break the Cycle interns and fellows build skills that can be applied to careers in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. We offer a casual, friendly work environment where interns and fellows are encouraged to contribute and learn.

The Legal and Policy Research Fellow will support work of both the Training and Technical Assistance and Legal programs.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! EarthJustice in Alaska Seeking Associate Attorney

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The Alaska office of Earthjustice is seeking applications for an associate attorney position.  The core issues of the Alaska office docket are protection of the Alaska coastal rain forest, safeguarding of America’s Arctic, conservation of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem, wildlife conservation, protection of lands and waters from mining activities, air and water quality enforcement, and national park and other public lands management.  Our clients include national, regional and local conservation organizations, Alaska Native tribal organizations, ecotourism businesses, and communities, as well as other organizations concerned about enforcing the laws to protect the environment.

For a complete job description and application details, click here.

Sierra Club Seeking Associate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

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The Sierra Club is looking for a legal eagle to join its top-flight Environmental Law Program in our San Francisco headquarters. This position works as part of a team which litigates to support the Club’s Climate Recovery Partnership, and works to implement a variety of strategic legal projects as well as evaluated proposed climate-related litigation projects. If you have a green fire in your belly, a JD, are licensed to practice and have at least one year’s experience in litigation, click here for full details and to apply.

Public International Law and Policy Group Seeking Legal Extern

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The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization which operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states, governments and groups negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.

PILPG’s Law Externship Program provides an opportunity for current law students to spend a semester working in PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office. Externs are current law school students who provide pro bono legal services to PILPG’s clients and gain experience in the field of public international law. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are offered based on the needs of PILPG’s offices and clients.  PILPG does not compensate externs for their assistance, however externships can be performed for academic credit.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

The Garment Worker Center Seeks Full Time Organizing Coordinator in Los Angeles, Due 4/29

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Founded in 2001, the Garment Worker Center is a worker rights organization whose mission is to organize low-wage garment workers in Los Angeles in the fight for social and economic justice.  GWC addresses the systemic problems of wage theft, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions, and the abusive and inhumane treatment faced by workers on-the-job. GWC’s goal is to build a base of organized garment workers in Los Angeles, with sufficient power to successfully demand change within the industry.  In its 13 year history, GWC continues to be the only worker center in the state dedicated entirely to garment workers.

GWC seeks a full time organizing coordinator who can coordinate the direction of GWC’s organizing work, including identifying campaign goals and targets, creating and executing work plans, identifying and developing worker leaders, running campaigns, and training support staff and worker members.

For a complete job description and application instructions, see Symplicity.

Are You Interested in the Environment and Indian Law? Guest Speakers at the UW Speak on the Subject Next Week!

April 8: Social Justice Tuesday – Indian Law & Alaska Native Fishing Rights

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Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014
12:30-1:20 PM, RM 133

Speaker Professor Anderson

Hosted by the Public Interest Law Association

Professor Anderson will discuss long-running litigation (29 years) against the State of Alaska to secure some measure of protection for Alaska Native fishing rights.  Anderson was lead counsel for the Native community in the recent successful effort to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the State of Alaska’s petition for review of a Ninth Circuit decision favorable to Alaska Natives.

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, April 7.

April 10: Katherine O’Brien to Speak on Environmental and Indian Law

Katherine O’Brien — UW Law alum, former Gates Scholar, and current Associate Attorney with Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office — will be on campus.  She has agreed to speak with a small group of interested students about environmental and Indian law opportunities over the lunch hour.  The environmental program will provide lunch, but students need to send RSVPs to Todd Wildermuth by noon on Wednesday, April 9. Please specify any dietary restrictions.

April 15 & 16: Graduating Checklist for 3Ls

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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 – Part 1: Financial Aid/CPLD
Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 – Part 2: Student Loan Repayment Options for Graduating 3Ls
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 217

The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Center for Public Service Law, and the Center for Professional & Leadership Development are co-hosting an importation presentation series for graduating 3Ls.  Please join us for both presentations discuss all things financial aid, bar loans, student loan repayment options, and important CPLD information. The first part will focus on administrative and logistic matters in preparing to graduate and the second part will focus on different student loan repayment options.  All times are at 12:30PM-1:20PM in room 217.  Both presentations will be podcasted and made available for students who will not be able to attend.

April 17: You’re Invited To View the West Coast Premiere of “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” Documentary

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Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014
Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Film will begin at 7:00 PM

Filmed on location in Vietnam, “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” follows a group of U.S. veterans as they travel with PeaceTrees Vietnam to the infamous Khe Sanh battlefield in Quang Tri Province in hopes of finding reconciliation by meeting face to face with former enemies of war. Captured on film by cinematographer Luke Hansen of Albany, N.Y., the outcome of the meeting includes a historic event of profound and lasting significance.

Following the screening, audience members will have the unique opportunity to hear from the filmmaker and subjects of the film in a panel discussion moderated by Kevin Espirito, Sr. Manager of Community Engagement for Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Find more information about “Soldiers’ Sanctuary” here. View the film trailer here.  Reserve your complimentary ticket here.

May 22: Annual Fair Housing Conference at the Tacoma Convention Center

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center

This year’s theme is “Taking the Lead: Creating Partnerships for Inclusive Communities.” The 2014 conference is organized by the City of Tacoma and King County Office of Civil Rights with in partnership with the Fair Housing Partners of Washington (Washington State Human Rights Commission, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, King County Office of Civil Rights, City of Tacoma Human Rights, Fair Housing Center of Washington, and Northwest Fair Housing Alliance).

The conference draws over 350 housing industry personnel from maintenance staff to real estate brokers, attorneys, government staff, and community based social service agencies from throughout western Washington.

For more information, click here.