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.

Gender Justice in North Africa, Decriminalizing Homelessness & Combatting Source of Income Discrimination in Rental Housing

Underage Girls Are Egypt’s Summer Rentals

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El HAWAMDIA, Egypt , Aug 5 2013 (IPS) – Each summer, wealthy male tourists from Gulf Arab states flock to Egypt to escape the oppressive heat of the Arabian Peninsula, taking residence at upscale hotels and rented flats in Cairo and Alexandria. Many come with their families and housekeeping staff, spending their days by the pool, shopping, and frequenting cafes and nightclubs. Others come for a more sinister purpose.

In El Hawamdia, a poor agricultural town 20 kilometres south of Cairo, they are easy to spot. Arab men in crisp white thawbs troll the town’s pot-holed, garbage-strewn streets in their luxury cars and SUVs. As they arrive, Egyptian fixers in flip flops run alongside their vehicles, offering short-term flats and what to them is the town’s most sought-after commodity – underage girls.

Each year, in El Hawamdia and other impoverished rural communities across Egypt, thousands of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 are sold by their parents to wealthy, much older Gulf Arab men under the pretext of marriage. The sham nuptials may last from a couple of hours to years, depending on the negotiated arrangement.

“It’s a form of child prostitution in the guise of marriage,” Azza El-Ashmawy, director of the Child Anti-Trafficking Unit at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) tells IPS. “The man pays a sum of money and will stay with the girl for a few days or the summer, or will take her back to his country for domestic work or prostitution.”

The girl is returned to her family when the marriage ends, usually to be married off again.

“Some girls have been married 60 times by the time they turn 18,” says El-Ashmawy. “Most ‘marriages’ last for just a couple of days or weeks.”

The deals are hatched in El Hawamdia’s myriad “marriage broker” offices, identifiable by the conspicuous presence of air-conditioners in a ramshackle town with intermittent power.

The brokers, usually second-rate lawyers, also offer a delivery service. Village girls as young as 11 are brought to the Arab tourists’ hotel or rented flat for selection. Arab men travelling with their wives and children often arrange a separate flat for such purposes.

The temporary marriages offer a way to circumvent Islamic restrictions on pre-marital sex. Continue reading here.

Moroccan Civil Society Organization Works to Implement Constitutional Gender-Parity Provisions

Morroccan Gender ParityIn May, Jossour Forum Des Femmes Marocaines, a Moroccan women’s rights organization and an ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) partner, held a national colloquium in Rabat on the implementation of the 2011 constitution’s women’s rights-related provisions. Attended by 140 civil society representatives, parliamentarians, journalists, human rights lawyers and citizens, the event was organized to advance the constitution’s gender-parity provisions by educating the public and by advocating for women’s rights.

Read more about the colloquium here.

News from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

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Across the country, advocates, including homeless and formerly homeless people, are calling for legislation that protects the basic rights and dignity, and ensures equal access to opportunity regardless of housing status.

Last year, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to enact an enforceable bill of rights, and the Law Center is proud to have worked with advocates there on that effort.  Since then, similar bills have become law in CT and IL, one is in the works in CA, and advocates in other states are contemplating similar initiatives. We are supporting these efforts and planning more support going forward.

These new laws aim to prevent discrimination based on housing status in the use of public space, as well as in employment, housing, voting.  These are key issues in communities across the country-and such discrimination serves as a barrier preventing their efforts to escape homelessness.  Fighting discriminatory policies with proactive, affirmative campaigns goes to the core of our mission to end and prevent homelessness.

We’re also working with the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the Department of Justice to build on the report published by the two agencies last year, Searching out Solutions, and to urge further steps by these and other federal agencies to implement its recommendations. Click here to continue reading. 

Landlord Discrimination Restricts the Use of Rental Vouchers

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Our latest report on housing discrimination found that some of the most blatant acts of discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities have declined over the last decade. However, minority renters and homeowners are still shown and told about fewer properties than similarly qualified whites. These forms of discrimination raise the costs of housing searches for minorities and restrict their choices.

Low-income minority renters face another form of discrimination when using Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) to help pay for housing. The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) is the nation’s largest federal housing assistance program, providing more than 2.1 million low-income households with vouchers to subsidize their rent in the private market.  The Federal Fair Housing Act does not prohibit discrimination against renters based on vouchers or other sources of income (SOI).   Although ostensibly HCV facilitates mobility to better neighborhoods, because HCV program participants are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act, landlords are free to reject their applications because of their voucher. This has the potential to limit housing choice. Continue reading here.