Interested in environmental law? Major environmental orgs hiring summer interns

Nov. 29: Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division position open in Seattle

DOJApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Western District of Washington (WDWA). This includes criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.

The positions will be located in the Criminal Division of the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division prosecute federal criminal cases in the Western District of Washington. AUSAs in the Criminal Division advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and at times represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more about the position here.

Application Process: Application process here.

Dec. 6: Yakama Nation hiring Assistant Tribal Prosecutor

yakama-nationApplication Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor provides professional legal prosecutorial work for the Yakama Nation to defend the Treaty of June 9, 1855 (12 Stat. 951) and the sovereignty of the Yakama Nation. Provides attorney services in tribal, state, and federal courts for the Yakama Nation. The Assistant Tribal Prosecutor represents the Yakama Nation in criminal prosecutions (including infractions); civil matters including Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and dependency matters; may serve as legal advisor to Law Enforcement consistent with Tribal Policies and at the direction of the Tribal Prosecutor. Coordinates with police jurisdictions and other agencies to ensure prosecution activities to serve the interests of the Yakama Nation in protecting the safety of the community. Maintains contact with attorneys and other jurisdictions regarding tribal, state, and federal court matters affecting the Yakama Nation. Read more here. 

Application Process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: UC Hastings hiring staff attorney for gender and refugee studies

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The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), based at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, one of the nation’s leading refugee advocacy organizations, works to advance the human rights of women, children, LGBT and other refugees who flee persecution, both in the United States and internationally. We provide nationally recognized expert consultation, including trainings, resource development and legal advice, in thousands of asylum cases each year, many of which result in grants of protection. CGRS also shapes asylum law through involvement in key cases with potential to set precedent, and ensures government accountability through groundbreaking and original research that analyzes adjudication trends. We improve conditions on the ground to prevent refugee flight by presenting the results of international human rights fact-finding, analyzing implementation of existing laws, and collaborating with grassroots movements to advocate for law reform and other justice measures. Read more about the internship here.

Application process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: McDonald’s hiring Human Rights Director

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The Director for Human Rights will play a strategic role to further embed, strengthen and evolve our Supplier Human Rights programme into our broader McDonald’s Supply. They will report directly into the Vice President McDonald’s Global Sustainability. In brief, the role will entail: Strategic responsibility for the current McDonald’s Supplier Workplace Accountability (SWA) Program; Working strategically with our external Program Management team and internal Compliance teams; Working with Supply Chain colleagues across the global and country teams to ensure SWA requirements are fully embedded into their category strategies; Participation / leadership in both industry and internal working groups; Liaison with Compliance and the Monitoring Firms (approval/ pricing) to ensure audit capacity, quality and calibration.

Application Process: Apply online here.

Rolling Deadline: Summer internship with WildEarth Guardians 

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WildEarth Guardians is a Western regional environmental advocacy organization with over 120,000 members and online supporters dedicated to protecting and restoring the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. WildEarth Guardians is now recruiting law students for summer 2017 to assist with case development and litigation to protect endangered species, reform public land and water policy, and curb destructive energy practices. Internships open in Santa Fe, NM; Denver, CO; Missoula, MT; Portland, OR. Read more here.

Application Process: To apply, please submit the following in a single PDF file to apply@wildearthguardians.org: cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, one recent writing sample (preferably a legal brief or memorandum of no more than ten pages that primarily reflects your work), and three references. The subject line of the email and your cover letter should indicate your preferred office location(s) and interest area. Interested students may apply to multiple offices with one application. Read more here.

Rolling Deadline, Paid: Earthjustice hiring 2017 summer clerks in multiple locations

 

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Earthjustice is seeking summer law clerks who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Learn more here.

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer. The Earthjustice Summer Clerkship position includes a stipend up to a maximum of $6,500, with the stipend amount dependent on the extent of a clerk’s funding from other sources for the summer. There are 12 regional offices and each accepts applications for summer law clerks, and students should submit an application to each office of interest.

Application Process: Apply online here. Apply to each location individually.

Rolling Deadline: DOJ Consumer Protection Branch hiring summer and school-year interns

DOJApplication Process: Open until filled

The Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and economic security of the American consumer. CPB leads the Justice Department’s efforts to enforce federal consumer protection statutes throughout the United States. Much of the litigation handled by CPB brings Congressional and media interest. Read more here.

CPB works closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Postal Inspection Service, and FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigation. CPB legal interns work closely with attorneys on a broad range of challenging substantive assignments,   including legal research projects, drafting pleadings and motions, attending court hearings and case meetings, and trial preparation. Interns are given ample opportunity to work on the many types of cases handled by CPB.

 Application Process: Submit Resume and Cover Letter to: CPB.lawintern@usdoj.gov, learn more here.

Rolling Deadline: Legal Voice hiring summer interns 

 

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Legal Voice is a regional non-profit public interest organization that works to advance legal rights for women. Legal Voice’s litigation program brings impact cases with the potential to change the law or benefit large numbers of women. We work in the areas of reproductive rights, family law, lesbian rights, civil rights, violence against women, affirmative action, public benefits, prisoners’ rights, employment, health care, insurance and education. Read more here.

Legal Voice’s Legal Internship Program gives law students a unique opportunity to work in a non?profit legal setting and make a contribution to women’s rights. Interns work closely with staff attorneys on current legal issues in women’s rights law. Generally, interns research legal issues, work on case development, investigate policy issues and assist in preparing written materials.

Application Process: Interested persons should submit a detailed cover letter, résumé, transcript and writing sample. Mail, email or fax your application materials to: Chloë Phalan, Program Assistant, Legal Voice, 907 Pine Street, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98101-1818, Fax: (206) 682-9556, cphalan@legalvoice.org. Read more here.

Don’t Miss Out on Some Terrific Post Grad Opportunities and Fall Paid Internship!

Yakama nationDue 6/8: Yakama Nation Office of Public Defender Seeks Entry-Level Attorney

Employee serves as attorney for the Yakama Nation Public Defender Office and is responsible for providing professional legal representation and advice to Tribal member clients in Tribal, State and Federal Court systems or administrative agencies as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Employee is responsible for providing a full range of legal services to Tribal members in areas of criminal, dependency, children’s court, fish and game, civil, family and Federal Indian Law matters, as assigned by the Lead Attorney Program Manager. Services include, legal research, evaluation of potential cases, analysis and preparation of accepted cases, motions, hearings, trials and appeals. The attorney may be appointed by the court(s) as a Guardian Ad Litem in custody matters. WSBA membership and 6 months experience required.

Download full announcement here. Download application here. Application due by: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Due 7/15: Fall/Winter Part-Time Paid Legal Internship with API Chaya

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API Chaya supports Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander survivors and families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as human trafficking survivors from all communities. API Chaya engages communities to change societal conditions that enable domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking and all forms of oppression, especially violence against women and the most vulnerable in our society.

Legal Intern Duties include:

  • Supporting Advocates to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with legal matters (immigration law, family law, protection orders and criminal law)
  • Accompanying program participants to Protection Order hearings
  • Working with local legal aid organizations to better serve survivors
  • Working in partnership with pro-bono attorneys assisting program participants
  • Possibility of community organizing/engagement opportunities for interns working more hours
  • Other tasks as assigned

Desired qualifications:

  • Bilingual, particularly in Asian, South Asian, or Pacific Island languages
  • Experience or familiarity with the issues we address and communities we serve as well as previous legal experience
  • Have taken courses on family law and immigration law or will be taking it in the course of the internship

The intern will work approximately 10-20 hours/week and will be required to complete extensive training on domestic violence and sexual assault before working with survivors.

Time Frame: A minimum of six months commitment works best for our organization.

This internship runs between September 2016 to June 2017. An intern should be able to commit 10-20 hours a week, for a total of 250-500 hours. Compensation: A $2500 stipend is provided, funded by the South Asian Bar Association of WA. Applicants must be pursuing degrees or career paths in legal work or currently enrolled in law school. If students make a commitment of 2 quarters/semesters, they may independently explore the possibility of receiving a stipend for one quarter/semester and arrange for school credit for the other. To apply, send resume and cover letter to anita@apichaya.org by July 15, 2016.

Due 7/11: US DOJ Seeks RFPs for Anti-Trafficking Post Grad Fellowship

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The DOJ Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime has just posted the 2016 Fellowship solicitation, applications are due July 11, 2016. This single solicitation includes nine purpose areas: Human Trafficking Task Forces, Human Trafficking Survivor-Informed Services, Mass Violence and Terrorism, Post-Conviction Victim Services, Underserved Victims of Sexual Assault, Victim Services in Law Enforcement and Prosecution, Services for Male Victims, Model Standards for Victim Assistance, and Child Sexual Exploitation. OVC intends to make one award in each purpose area of up to $150,000 each. Only individuals may apply, and they don’t have to be recent grads. For complete instructions and application information please see here: http://ojp.gov/ovc/grants/pdftxt/2016-Fellowship-Solicitation-508.pdf

 

Due 6/30: Superior Court of the Northern Mariana Islands Accepting Law Clerk Applications for August Start Date!

Northern_Mariana_Islands_sealPOSITION: Law Clerk to the Honorable Roberto C. Naraja

You will work under the general supervision of the Presiding or an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, located on the island of Saipan.

LOCATION:

Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Superior Court law clerks conduct legal research, as well as review, edit, and draft bench memoranda, judicial decisions, and orders. Law clerks also assist the Court in its community outreach programs and administrative functions.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: At the commencement of employment, applicants must be admitted to a bar in any U.S. jurisdiction, or awaiting bar results. Applicants must be able to work both independently as well as with others. Strong legal research and writing skills are essential.

For complete details and application instructions please click here.

Rolling Deadline: Public International Law & Policy Group Seeks Assistant Counsel

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Public International Law & Policy Group Overview The Public International Law & Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization that operates as a global, pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to governments, sub-state entities and civil society groups engaged in negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and establishing and operating transitional justice mechanisms.  To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.   PILPG has advised over 20 governments, sub-state entities, and civil society organizations involved in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements, post-conflict constitutions, and transitional justice mechanisms, including in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma, Egypt, Darfur, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, Montenegro, Nepal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Yemen.  PILPG has also provided legal assistance to every international criminal tribunal.

Position Overview:   PILPG’s Washington, D.C. office is currently hiring for Assistant Counsel, who will support PILPG’s work from PILPG’s headquarters in D.C.  Assistant Counsel will be responsible for working closely with Senior Counsel and Counsel to provide legal advice to PILPG’s clients, and help to manage the implementation of programs.  Depending on the nature of the work to which the Assistant Counsel is assigned, travel to PILPG’s field offices and other client locations may be required.

Role & Responsibilities:   The primary duties as Assistant Counsel will include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

  • Researching, drafting, and editing legal memoranda, training materials, policy proposals, and other resources on substantive topics relating to public international law and PILPG clients;
  • Participating in and organizing workshops, trainings, and other PILPG events;
  • Working closely with PILPG’s D.C. office on program design and development;
  • In coordination with PILPG’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, collaborating with PILPG’s strategic partners, including private law firms and pro bono staff;
  • Assisting with management of client and key partner relationships, including government officials and members of civil society;
  • Reviewing, editing, and managing the production of legal work produced by PILPG legal research and drafting teams;
  • Providing support to field staff and senior members of program teams with program management tasks, including tracking monitoring and evaluation indicators, establishing and reviewing work plans, and maintaining relationship with donors;
  • Assisting in the drafting and review of periodic reports on program progress for submission to PILPG’s funders; monitoring and reporting requirements for PILPG overseas programs, including the drafting and review of periodic reports;
  • Based on program needs, traveling to work with clients in the field and supporting PILPG programming overseas; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications for PILPG Assistant Counsel include:

  • A law degree;
  • A current bar membership;
  • One to three years previous professional experience, preferably in international law or a related field;
  • Previous program management experience preferred, does not necessarily need to be post-law school;
  • Ability to work independently, while also collaborate with a team;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple assignments;
  • Knowledge of public international law;
  • Strong legal drafting, editing, and research skills;
  • Fluency in English; and
  • Fluency in another language, particularly French or Arabic, would be an asset.

Salary: DOE. Applicant should state salary expectations in their cover letter.

Application Instructions: To submit an application for the Assistant Counsel position, submit a resume, cover letter, three references, and writing sample online at http://publicinternationallawandpolicygroup.org/work-for-us/.  The cover letter should outline the candidate’s interest in PILPG and salary expectations.     After receiving completed application materials, PILPG will follow up only if the candidate is selected for an interview. Act Fast! Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled.

Due 7/11: Center for Children & Youth Justice Seeks to Sponsor an Applicant for a Two-Year Post Grad Fellowship with Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other Fellowship. Start Fall 2017

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FELLOWSHIP SPONSORSHIP – CENTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH JUSTICE

The Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) is seeking to sponsor an applicant for a two-year Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship, or other post-graduate legal fellowship focused on the replication/expansion of CCYJ’s Lawyers Fostering Independence program (LFI) from its current location in Seattle, WA to areas in need outside of King County. The fellowship would begin in the fall of 2017, is based in Seattle, WA, and will require travel.

Background

The Center for Children & Youth Justice was founded in 2006 with one mission: reform the foster care and juvenile justice systems to improve the lives of generations of children and youth. Our focus is large-scale, lasting systemic change. We carry out the research, pilot projects, policy advocacy, and grassroots engagements that make that change possible. No one else is doing this critical work. Our work is effective because we collaborate with all systems stakeholders including families and youth impacted by systems involvement.

LFI is a one-of-a-kind program that CCYJ began in 2008 with the aim of improving outcomes for current and former foster youth by providing civil legal aid to remove barriers that stand in the way of successful, independent adulthood. Every year in Washington over 500 young people age out of foster care and experience elevated rates of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment as compared to their peers from intact families. Current and former foster youth also struggle to overcome legal impediments, such as juvenile records, bad credit due to identity theft, domestic violence, and housing justice issues. Through the coordinated efforts of volunteer attorneys and partner service providers, LFI is able to help current and former foster youth reach for their future without being blocked by their past. Doing so enables LFI clients to secure stable housing, good employment, and desired education, i.e., the necessary pillars of a successful life. LFI currently operates in King County with the goal of replicating/expanding statewide on a county-by-county basis.

Job Description

CCYJ is eager to sponsor a law student graduating in 2017 or recent law school graduate (including judicial law clerks) who are interested in partnering with CCYJ to apply for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to start in Fall 2017. The sponsored candidate would work with CCYJ to submit a project proposal to research, design, implement, and evaluate the sustainable replication/expansion of LFI into other Washington counties in collaboration with community partners. If selected, under the supervision of LFI’s Managing Attorney, the fellow will:

  • Provide direct service and representation to clients to further develop context for general legal issues faced by LFI clients and for a deep understanding of how LFI operates now and how it can best be replicated/expanded elsewhere
  • Research and identify county-based need/demand and existing support structures for LFI services in selected areas in Washington
  • Develop a manual to be used in aid of the replication/expansion of LFI
  • Coordinate and lead an advisory group in counties identified for replication/expansion
  • Build local partnerships with law firms, service providers, and community stakeholders to learn about local issues and ensure success of services implemented
  • Recruit, train, and provide support to volunteer attorneys
  • Provide educational workshops to service providers and community stakeholders to increase engagement and support for the services implemented
  • Lead and evaluate data collection and program evaluation
  • Provide advocacy and support for legislative efforts on laws supportive of LFI clients
  • Provide other support, as needed, to LFI’s Managing Attorney

Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited law school by the time the fellowship begins
  • Apply for bar membership in Washington state within the first year of the fellowship, or before
  • Demonstrate commitment to serving the underserved
  • Be a motivated, ambitious, self-starter
  • Possess skills in oral and written communication
  • Fluent in English 

Preferred Requirements

  • Graduate from an EJW member law school
  • Have skills needed to effectively conduct community meetings and educational workshops
  • Possess ability and interest in community engagement
  • Have experience working in civil legal aid, volunteer coordination, and/or social services
  • Fluent in Spanish

Salary

DOE, competitive with other Seattle-based nonprofit organizations focused on legal services

Application Instructions

Interested candidates for fellowship sponsorship should send a one-page cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial law school transcript to Hickory Gateless at hgateless@ccyj.org with the subject line, “CCYJ Fellowship 2017”. The Application Deadline is July 11, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Check Out This Post-Grad Opportunity to Serve Human Rights in Alaska

Cohen Weiss & Simon, LLP Seeking Law Clerks in NY for Fall 2015, Paid Position

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Cohen, Weiss, and Simon LLP is a full service union-side labor, employee benefits, and employment law firm. The firm represents national, regional and local labor unions, pension plans, and the interests of employees in a wide variety of matters.

Applicants should have strong research and writing skills.  Course work in labor law, employment law and/or ERISA is preferred.  Experience working for a labor union as well as journal and/or moot court experience is desirable.  Compensation is $25/hour.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls and 3Ls! Yakama Tribal Court Seeking Immediate Summer Intern

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The intern works directly for Chief Judge Ted Strong.  All work assignments will be issued by the Chief Judge at the beginning of each work week by personal discussion. On any given week the intern will be asked to attend both criminal and civil court hearings with the Chief Judge for the purpose of assisting in the writing of court orders.

The intern will conduct research to assist the Chief Judge in his writing of motions mostly in criminal court such as dismiss for lack of properly stated crime; suppression of evidence; dismiss for improper arrest; dismiss or combine charges based on duplicity; dismiss for lack of jurisdiction; and many other motions.

The intern will be asked to publish court orders, motion orders and tribal traditional orders. At times the intern will assist the Chief Judge in preparing materials for public speaking  engagements and researching materials for public meetings with various officials. The intern will be asked to help arrange electronic files in chronological or other order. The intern will assist the Chief Judge in writing the Yakama Nation Bar documents.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Chief Judge Strong at tstrong@yakama.com.

Alaska Human Rights Commission Seeking Human Rights Field Representative III, Due 7/8 by 5:00 PM

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The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is seeking a qualified individual to investigate and resolve discrimination cases.

The Human Rights Commission is located in Anchorage and is an executive branch agency within the State of Alaska, Office of the Governor. The Commission is seeking an investigator (Human Rights Field Representative III) to analyze facts, apply discrimination law theories, draft determinations, negotiate settlements, and manage a monthly case load of approximately 35 cases. The investigator will also conduct intakes with Alaskans who allege violations of the state human rights law, draft complaints of discrimination, conduct witness interviews, and write reports. This position requires skill in reading and understanding civil rights statutes, court decisions, and legal precedents. This position also require the ability to conduct impartial investigations, analyze evidence, draw logical conclusions, prepare clear and comprehensive investigative reports, and work independently. Knowledge of civil rights law and procedure and theories of discrimination is required. One year of experience as a Human Rights Field Representative II with the State or the equivalent elsewhere is required.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Center for Justice and Accountability Seeking Fall 2015 Legal Intern in Human Rights Litigation, Due 7/13

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The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) is now seeking applications for legal internships at our San Francisco headquarters for Fall 2015. CJA is a nonprofit international human rights organization with the mission to end torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other severe human rights abuses around the world.

We generally accept second and third-year law student interns each semester and during the summer and winter terms to work at our offices in San Francisco.  Exceptional first year law students may be considered for the summer term. These positions are unpaid.

For more information, click here.

U.S. Department of Justice Seeking Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Due 7/13

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The U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally protected civil and constitutional rights.  The Civil Rights Division (CRT or Division) is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police services, accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs.  The laws that the Division enforces also prohibit conduct by law enforcement agencies, as well as conditions of public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities, that violate the constitution.

The Division is led by an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) who is supported by five Deputy Assistant Attorneys General (DAAGs).  Each DAAG is responsible for reviewing  the work on policy issues and other matters related to the sections he or she supervises.

For more information, click here.