Interested in Indian Law? Summer Internship Opportunities Available

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Interested in Housing Policy Development? Position Opening with City of Seattle

Fair Foods Standards Council Seeking Human Rights Attorney, Spanish or Haitian Creole Fluency Required

The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC, http://fairfoodstandards.org) is to
monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human
rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair
Food Program (FFP).

Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft
comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation
and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare
memoranda of law on issues affecting farmworker rights; and make presentations to staff and
director, as well as the public.

For more information, click here.

Washington Dental Service Foundation Seeking Policy Advocate & Analyst, Position Open Until Filled

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The Washington Dental Service (WDS) Foundation is seeking a strategic, organized individual to lead the Foundation’s strategies for influencing public policy.

Our Policy Advocate & Analyst position involves identifying and analyzing public policies that will improve oral health in our state and nationally. This role builds knowledge of, and relationships within, the oral health, children’s health, and seniors health arenas — both locally and nationally. Our knowledge- and relationship-building efforts share the goal of creating the political will to change policies. Additionally, our Policy Advocate & Analyst partners with the Delta Dental of Washington Government Relations staff and the Foundation’s lobbyist in order to position the Foundation as the state’s oral health expert.

For more information, click here.

Attention Rising 2Ls & 3Ls! US Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) Now Open!

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The online application for the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is NOW open!  The deadline for law students and eligible graduates to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Honors Program information and link to the application is here.   SLIP information and a link to the application are here.

Important Details:

We have approximately 217 Honors Program positions in the following components:

  • Antitrust Division (14)
  • Civil Division (30)
  • Civil Rights Division (12)
  • Criminal Division (9)
  • Asset Forfeiture Fellowship Program (3) – This is a three-year fellowship which may be extended or converted to a permanent position.
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (3)
  • Environment & Natural Resources Division (10)
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (95)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of General Counsel (2) NEW!
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (4)
  • Indian Country Fellowship (1)
  • INTERPOL (1) NEW!
  • National Security Division (5: 3 permanent and 2 three-year fellowships)
  • Office of Information Policy (1) – Informal Participant
  • Tax Division (12)
  • U.S. Trustee Program (8)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices in Arizona, California, Ohio, and New York (7) (eligibility restrictions)
  • United States Attorneys’ Offices in Vermont and Illinois (2) NEW! – Informal Participant (eligibility restrictions)

We have approximately 104 Summer Law Intern Program positions in the following components:

  • Antitrust Division (23)
  • Civil Division (23)
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (18)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (11)
  • Office of Information Policy (3)
  • Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (2)
  • Office of Legal Counsel (1) (eligibility restrictions)
  • Office of the Solicitor General (2) (eligibility restrictions)
  • Tax Division (15 – 20)
  • U.S. Parole Commission (1)

Details regarding the participating components, program eligibility guidelines, and application instructions can be found here.

Externship Opportunities Available During 2015-2016 Academic Year

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Listed below are externship opportunities available during the 2015-2016 school year. For additional information about these and other externship opportunities, please check the list of approved externship placements here.  If you are interested in exploring an externship, please complete the Externship Interest Form here.

Judicial Externship: Washington Supreme Court’s Justice Mary Fairhurst Still Accepting Fall Quarter Applications

Justice Mary Fairhurst is still accepting applications for autumn quarter externs.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and legal writing sample.  Applications may be mailed to:

P.O. Box 40929
Olympia, WA 98504-0929

Or emailed to Cindy Phillips at cindy.phillips@courts.wa.gov.

Judicial Externship: Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima Still Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 School Year

Judge Stan Bastian of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Yakima is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of references, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages as a single pdf to extern@uw.edu. Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Honorable Stan Bastian
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
PO Box 2706
Yakima, WA 98907

In your cover letter, please indicate which quarter(s) you are available.

Criminal Justice Externship: Washington Defender Association’s Criminal Technical Assistance Division Now Accepting Applications

Washington Defender Association has openings in its Criminal Technical Assistance Division. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to magda@defensenet.org. Cover letters should be addressed to:

Ms. Magda Baker
Washington Defender Association
110 Prefontaine Place South, Suite 610
Seattle, WA 98104

City of Seattle Seeking Strategic Advisor for Housing Policy, Due 8/11

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The Seattle Office of Housing (OH) builds strong, healthy communities and increases opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city.  In September of last year, Mayor Murray and City Council called together leaders in our community to help develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee.

This position is a senior member of OH’s Policy and Equitable Development team, with responsibilities that span policy development, program development and communications. This position will engage in extensive and complicated policy and program development, stakeholder outreach and engagement, and close partnership with and presentation to senior management, other city departments, and elected officials.

For more information, click here.

King County Department of Public Defense Seeking Intern for the Associated Counsel for the Accused Division, Due 8/14

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The Department of Public Defense (DPD) is now recruiting for a volunteer intern or extern for the fall quarter in our Associated Counsel for the Accused Division (ACAD) Seattle office, drug court or felony unit.

DPD is renowned nationally for its excellent legal representation to indigent clients in King County, governed by a voter-approved amendment to the County Charter that made DPD a permanent, independent department within county government, the Department of Public Defense is overseen by a chief Public Defender with support and guidance from an advisory board comprised of regional leaders in public defense.

For more information about the internship, click here.

Prisoners Legal Services of New York Seeking Fall Law Intern, Due 8/15

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Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking fall interns for our regional offices in Albany and Buffalo for 2015.  PLS is a nonprofit legal services organization, founded in 1976. PLS provides civil legal services to indigent prisoners in New York State prisons, in cases where appointed counsel is not available.

Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, student interns will respond to a variety of prisoners’ letters, review disciplinary hearings, draft administrative appeals and assist in state and federal litigation, among other work assignments. Students will also have the opportunity to interview clients in prison. Limited work-study is available, but students are also strongly encouraged to inquire with their Career Services Office about funding for public interest positions.

For more information, click here.

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

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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. Interns will assist staff attorneys with legal projects, such as: Multilateral Development Banks, Strengthening Indigenous Rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System, Guatemala, etc.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! City of Bellevue Seeking Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Due 8/17

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The Attorney 1-Deputy Prosecuting Attorney is an entry level position focusing on the prosecution of infractions, arraignments and in-custody hearings for the City of Bellevue. The position may also include prosecution of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases through all stages of prosecution at District Court (arraignments, motions, trials, reviews), as well as appellate matters.

For more information, click here.

Board of Trustees of Spokane Bar Association Accepting Applications for Executive Director, Due 8/20

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The Board of Trustees of the Spokane County Bar Association is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.  Duties include overall management of the SCBA and Volunteer Lawyers Program operations, hiring and supervision of a staff of 5-6, working with the SCBA and VLP Board of Trustees, managing finances for both SCBA and VLP, organizing SCBA/VLP membership events and functions, and representing the SCBA membership at events and in the community.

Qualified applicants must have strong management and organizational skills as well as being an excellent communicator.  Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to work under pressure and multitask.  Bookkeeping/accounting experience and a working knowledge of the legal system or legal assistant/paralegal experience preferred.  Grant writing experience is desirable.  Some travel is required.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and a list of references to info@spokanebar.org with the subject line “SCBA Executive Director Position.”  The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, August 20, 2015.  Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview after the deadline.

Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Seeking Director for Community Engaged Learning in Human Rights

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Stanford University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) seeks a Director of Community Engaged Learning (DCEL) to expand and strengthen community engaged learning opportunities for Stanford undergraduate students in the area of Human Rights.  The DCEL initiative is a pilot program that stems from the 2012 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford, which asserted that community engaged learning “not only advances the fundamental aims of a Stanford education, it also exemplifies the fundamental character of the institution.”

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking Entry-Level Attorney

API Chaya Seeking Legal Intern for Fall/Winter Quarters, Paid Position, Open Until Filled

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API Chaya is seeking a legal intern committed to a minimum of six months with our organization. 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.

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.

For more information, click here.

American Civil Liberties Union Seeking Voter-Engagement Advocate, Full Time Position, Limited Term

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Yakima-based Voter Engagement Advocate.

Voting among Latinos in Yakima has been low because the system of voting for the City Council did not provide Latinos an opportunity to elect individuals of their choosing.  As a result of a recent lawsuit brought by the ACLU-WA, the election of Yakima City Council members has been restructured into seven single member districts, two of which are largely Latino.  The ACLU-WA wishes to help the community educate Latino voters about the importance of voting, voter eligibility, and how to register to vote.  The Voter Engagement Advocate is part of the Field Department, and is supervised by the Field Director based in Seattle.  The Voter Engagement Advocate will be responsible for implementing our non-partisan voter education campaign to engage new voters in the upcoming 2015 City of Yakima elections.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls & 3Ls! Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal Seeks UW Law Interns for Fall or Winter, Position Open Until Filled

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Litigation Interns are a vital part of our mission to ensure universal access to civil representation for everyone in San Francisco’s highest need neighborhoods. We operate as a general counsel for the neighborhood, helping people with legal issues in over three dozen practice areas.

In our litigation program, you will assist our senior staff attorney in litigation cases that impact many community members. Currently, we are looking for help in a potential suit against a housing provider for fraudulently embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars owned by low-income residents. Possible assignments include interviewing clients and witnesses, investigation and analysis of records and legal documents, drafting memoranda, drafting pleadings and motions, obtaining declarations, and propounding and responding to discovery. We value interns who are passionate about access to civil justice, self-motivated, and have strong client service and project management skills.

To apply, fill out the volunteer form here and email a cover letter and resume to Adrian Tirtanadi, Executive Director.

For more information, click here.

Human Rights First Seeking Advocacy Counsel

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Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals.  The Advocacy Counsel, Refugee Protection is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance Human Rights First’s objectives to protect the rights of refugees. S/he will develop plans to persuade policy makers to adopt the Human Rights First’s proposals drawing on resources from across the organization including Human Rights First’s experts in refugee policy, the organization’s communications team, other members of the government relations department, the refugee representation team, and the organization’s leadership.  The Advocacy Counsel will be Human Rights First’s lead liaison on refugee protection issues to the Department of State, Justice, and Homeland Security, the corresponding Congressional committees, Congressional leadership, and other decision makers as necessary, working with other team members.

For more information, click here.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Seeking Government Relations & Public Affairs Intern for Fall 2015, Paid Position

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Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories.

LSC is accepting applications from current undergraduate, graduate, and law school students.  Ideal candidates can work independently, will have excellent research and writing skills and an interest in public service, government or congressional affairs, public affairs or communications. Should have a good understanding of social media and working knowledge of Microsoft Office projects (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).  The internship will run from September – December 2015.

For more information, click here.

State of Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services Seeking Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (Contested Case Representative), Due 8/7

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is a progressive business regulatory state agency dedicated to the mission of protecting and serving Oregon’s consumers and workers while supporting a positive business climate.  The successful candidates will represent the division throughout the contested case hearing process, including making recommendations to the administrator and boards for handling of cases, preparing appropriate filings and notices, conducting alternative dispute resolution and coordinating with respondents and the Office of Administrative Hearings. In certain instances the individual represents the division during a contested case hearing.

For more information, click here.

East Bay Community Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor, Due 8/9

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The Health & Welfare Practice of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor to provide representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and families assisted through our medical-legal partnerships with East Bay hospitals and our weekly Public Benefits Clinic, and to assist with the training and supervision of law student interns. The ideal candidate is a strong legal advocate with excellent case management and organizational skills; experience in public benefits advocacy; interest in training law students; and a passion for working with low-income people.

EBCLC is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide high quality legal services to low-income clients and educational opportunities for law students and community volunteers. As UC Berkeley Law School’s community-based clinic, EBCLC is currently the largest provider of free legal services for low-income residents in the East Bay, with a staff of 40 and an annual roster of 150 law student interns providing services to 5,000 clients each year.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment Seeking Food Access Planner, Due 8/11

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The Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) was established as an executive office in 2000 to develop and coordinate environmental policies and programs. As the Food Access Planner, you will strategically grow the Fresh Bucks program to increase access to healthy food for low-income families. Through strategic planning and partnerships, project management, communication and outreach, and collaboration with internal and community partners, you will increase use of the program, expand locations where affordable healthy food is available, and develop leading-edge strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income households.  You will lead OSE’s Fresh Bucks work and also be responsible for managing OSE’s role as the lead partner for Seattle and King County in a recently awarded federal grant, including oversight of federal and matching funds, working closely with the grant lead (Washington State Dept. of Health) and other statewide sub-awardees, and managing implementation and evaluation activities.  This is a key opportunity to develop and manage a program to increase equitable outcomes in our City.

For more information, click here.

Snohomish County Public Defender Association Seeking Level I Attorney, Due 8/14

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Under general supervision, the Level 1 Attorney represents indigents in criminal cases filed in Snohomish County District Court and Mental Health Civil Commitments.  The Level 1 Attorney must have experience or demonstrated commitment to defending and working with indigent people.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Sara Wilson.  Applicants selected for interviews will also need to submit references and a writing sample.

For more information, click here.

City of Seattle Seeking Deputy Director for Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Position Open Until Filled

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The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) was established in 2012 with the mission to facilitate the successful integration of immigrants and refugees into Seattle’s civic, economic, cultural, and linguistic life. To realize our goals and objectives, we have an opportunity to bring in an innovative and experienced Deputy Director who will help OIRA build equity for immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle and establish Seattle as a leader in immigrant integration.

You will develop an innovative growth plan for OIRA to ensure the equitable inclusion of immigrant and refugee needs across all City programs and policies, including preschool, employment, economic development, transit, parks, public safety, and the protection of civil rights, among many others. You’ll use your policy analysis, political judgment and legislative advocacy to address the existing and emerging needs of immigrants and refugees. You will have the opportunity to lead engagement strategies across all OIRA programs and build strong relationships with stakeholders across the City, helping to create an environment that welcomes the participation and engagement of immigrants and refugees in all areas. You will work with the Mayor’s Office and City Council to advance the mission of OIRA.

For more information, click here.

US Department of Justice is Hiring Paid Summer Interns & Entry-Level Attorneys!

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The online application for the Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) opens July 31, 2015.  The deadline for law students and eligible graduates to apply is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  Honors Program information and a link to the application is here.  SLIP information and a link to the application is here.  Details regarding the participating components, program eligibility guidelines, and application instructions can be found here.

Looking for a Fellowship Opportunity? Organizations Accepting Applications Now

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Geneva Seeking United Nations Advocacy Officer

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The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is seeking well-qualified applicants for the position of a United Nations Advocacy Officer of the Arab Regional Advocacy Program (ARAP).

The UNAO reports to the Director of the Geneva Office of CIHRS (GO-CIHRS).  The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS): The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) was established in 1993 as a regional NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. Its mission is to strengthen the human rights movement within the Middle East and North Africa.

The Arab Regional Advocacy Program (ARAP) is a regional program that is designed to increase the ability of human rights actors in the Arab region to achieve positive change by enhancing their campaigning tactics, with a specific emphasis on creating synergy between national, regional and international advocacy and influence.

The full-time UN Advocacy Officer performs advocacy, outreach, training and research duties in the context of the United Nations, as well as other tasks, according to the needs of the organization and its partners. As the UN Advocacy Officer you will be working with a small team of co-workers within the Geneva Office of CIHRS, as well as with a larger team of program and CIHRS staff located in multiple countries. Finally you will also be working with partner organizations and human rights activists from throughout the Arab region and around the world to carry out national, regional and global human rights advocacy campaigns and initiatives.

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

Harvard Law School Seeking Assistant Director for its Public Interest Advising Office

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The Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School seeks an assistant director. The assistant director is expected to counsel a large volume of highly sophisticated JD (1L, 2L, and 3L), LLM, and SJD students and clerks about all facets of a public sector career choice/job search, including advising on how to determine “fit,” the diverse range of practice options and the career decision-making process.  In addition, candidates must keep current on public interest hiring trends, plan, develop, and manage an extensive array of career programs and workshops.   S/he must also coordinate with HLS administrative offices and student groups to avoid duplication and leverage resources, manage larger-scale projects under office’s purview/related to office’s mission, conceive of/develop and write varied materials for office publications and website.

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

Thurston County’s OIC Seeking Special Assistant to the Insurance Commissioner

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The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is seeking a highly skilled, Civil Service Exempt, Special Assistant to the Insurance Commissioner. This position acts as the Commissioner’s assistant on varied issues and special projects as assigned.

As part of the agency’s policy development effort, the position acts as an assistant to the Commissioner on various special projects and assignments, and identifies emerging policy issues that affect the Commissioner’s business and strategic plan. The position leads or participates in, and manages complex projects, rule making, reports and represents the Commissioner on work groups, technical advisory groups task forces, boards, commissions or to external groups of stakeholders and constituents. The position provides testimony before and works with and on legislation and regulations at the state and federal level, and with other agencies and public private partnerships. The position represents the Commissioner on NAIC work groups, committees and task forces. The position is the agency subject matter expert on assigned areas of health coverage and health care administration.

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

Attention 3Ls! George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellowship Accepting Applications Now

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation’s foremost civil right legal organizations, annually sponsors a one-year fellowship under the George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellowship Program. The Lindsay Fellowship provides an opportunity for recent law school graduates to become familiar with civil rights practice by working with many of the nation’s leading civil rights experts at the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee in Washington, D.C. Our fellows become involved with substantive legal activities, which involve co-counseled litigation with prominent law firms, including client contact, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, amicus briefs, appeals, and trial practice. Non-litigation activities include legal services to community development groups, legislative and public policy advocacy, and public education on important civil rights matters.

The one year Fellowship pays a stipend of $42,000, supplemented by a loan forgiveness payment of $2,000. The yearly stipend is also supplemented by payment of bar review and fees. Fellows have the opportunity to gain legal experience in one or more of the following areas: Voting Rights, Employment Discrimination, Education, or Fair Housing and Community Development.

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

Conservative/Libertarian Public Interest Litigation Fellowship Now Accepting Applications

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Pacific Legal Foundation’s College of Public Interest Law offers 2-year litigation fellowships to graduates interested in rapidly gaining experience in the litigation of major constitutional cases. The fellowships are  open to all graduating individuals of demonstrated high achievement and offer an exceptional opportunity  as a stepping stone to private practice, public agency law, an academic career, or a permanent position with Pacific  Legal Foundation (www.pacificlegal.org). Applicants accepted for the College of Public Interest Law  Fellowship will begin September, 2015.

Fellows will work in the Sacramento, California, headquarters of  Pacific Legal Foundation, the largest and oldest national public interest law foundation litigating in support of  private property rights, environmental balance, individual liberties, limited government, and the free enterprise  system. Guided by experienced attorneys, each Fellow will participate in hands-on litigation, including lead  attorney responsibilities in both trial level and appellate cases; write publishable legal scholarship; and attend  on-site training for MCLE credit.

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

UW’s Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Seeking Director of the Yakima and Skagit Valley GEAR Up Program

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The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) works to increase diversity on campus and enrich the collegiate experience of all UW students, faculty and staff.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Director to provide leadership, oversight, and compliance with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to a federal training grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. As a partnership grant under the GEAR UP Program, this project is a collaboration between the University of Washington (UW), 13 school districts and several community-based partners including Junior Achievement, Boeing, Museum of Flight, College Board, etc. Given the predominance of services to schools and students in the Yakima Valley and to lesser degree the Skagit Valley, the position is stationed off-campus in a rented facility at Heritage University in Toppenish Washington.

The Yakima and Skagit Valley GEAR UP program provides a variety of college readiness activities and programs through direct service and contracts with schools. These services include college immersion experiences, mentoring, tutoring, career exploration and development, and resources for essential college planning and financial support. Since the grant focus is centered on STEM it also includes STEM curriculum support services and activities, classroom/lab development, establishment of a robotics program throughout the schools and professional development for teachers in STEM related subjects.

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

NWIRP Seeking Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Attorney in Seattle, Priority Deadline 9/21

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish‐speaking bilingual attorney to
provide direct representation, community outreach and education to survivors of domestic
violence and sexual assault and others who qualify for humanitarian protections.

The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct
representation (2) individual consultations; and (3) community education.  The attorney will
focus on providing representation on cases involving U visa petitions, VAWA self‐petitions,
adjustment of status applications and other forms of immigration relief.  The attorney will also
provide representation in removal proceedings before the immigration court. The staff attorney
may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

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

Interested in Children & Youth Advocacy? Multiple Openings Available Now!

California Governor’s Office of Planning & Research Seeking Summer Law Clerk, Due TODAY

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The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has an open position for one law clerk this summer, and multiple open positions in the fall. The law clerk will work with closely with OPR staff on a variety of projects related to water law, drought, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), land use and the environment. Law clerk will have a hands-on opportunity to learn more about State government and policy development. The law clerk will gain skills and experience in policy research, local government outreach, interagency coordination, land use planning, and more.

OPR is a part of the Governor’s Office. State planning law establishes OPR as the comprehensive state planning agency. OPR is responsible for formulating long-range goals and policies for land use, population growth and distribution, urban expansion, development and resource protection. OPR is also responsible for writing and updating the CEQA and the General Plan Guidelines.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! TeamChild Seeking Staff Attorney in Yakima Office, Open Until Filled

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TeamChild is a nonprofit civil legal services organization in Washington State with offices in King, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima Counties.  Valuing the potential in all young people, TeamChild is a voice for those facing tremendous obstacles due to poverty, racism, homelessness, neglect, abuse and other difficult circumstances.  TeamChild’s work focuses on helping youth involved in the juvenile justice system assert their right to education, mental and medical treatment, and safe living situations.  The program has been recognized nationally for its innovation and effective engagement of young people who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Yakima office.  Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile system.  Advocacy involves breaking down legal barriers to a wide array of community based services and supports, including but not limited to education, housing, health care services, and other civil rights issues.  The staff attorney is also responsible for other advocacy activities including partnering with local public defenders on behalf of common clients, community training, outreach, and policy work on behalf of our client base.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Post Grads!  Equality Now Seeking Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Program Manager in New York, Due 4/5

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Equality Now is seeking an experienced program manager to manage the work of the Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF). This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and experienced individual to deliver a flagship global program for girls. Equality Now invites applications from exceptional candidates who have demonstrated an ability to manage international program networks and funds, deliver multi-country programs, and support an international team to drive innovative solutions and effect change for adolescent girls.

This is full-time position based in New York. The AGLDF Program Manager will work closely with, and report to, the Global Director (and in the future, the Program Director). The position requires close collaboration with program officers, communications and development staff across all offices. The Manager will provide both leadership and support to advance the goals and implement the strategic vision of AGLDF.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Seeking Attorney-Advisor (Civil Rights), Due 4/9

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for ensuring that recipients of federal financial assistance from OJP, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) comply with civil rights laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in the delivery of services or benefits, or in their employment practices.

For a complete description of the position and application details, click here.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Seeking Attorney Advisor, Priority Consideration Due 4/10

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The Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking to fill several advisory-attorney positions (GS 11/12/13/14) for its Ethics Division, which provides legal services involving federal criminal conflict of interest statutes, standards of ethical conduct regulations, financial disclosure requirements, procurement integrity provisions, lobbying rules, and Hatch Act political activity restrictions. Ethics Division attorneys work closely with the White House Counsel’s Office and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in clearing new Presidential appointees in the Senate confirmation process and also provide, in consultation with state bar authorities, guidance on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. Although the positions will have generalist ethics responsibilities, depending upon staffing needs, the positions may be focused on providing these services to a principal client agency, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The duty station for the positions may be at the HHS headquarters in Washington, DC, or at an Ethics Division satellite office in Silver Spring, MD.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Seeking Children’s Representation Program Manager, Due 4/25

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The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent judicial branch agency that manages and oversees state appropriations for civil legal aid in Washington State. During the 2014 session, the Washington State Legislature enacted 2ESSB 6126 which provides for the appointment of attorneys to represent children in all dependency cases six months following termination of parental rights.

The Children’s Representation Program Manager will have primary responsibility to establish a program pursuant to which state funding will be made available to underwrite the appointment of attorneys to represent children in accordance with the practice, caseload and training standards outlined in 2ESSB 6126.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! ACLU Headquarters in New York Seeking Legal Intern for Voting Rights Project for Fall 2014, Due 5/12

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The Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks interns to work on active litigation and other projects in its New York office for the Fall of 2014.

The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU has been an established and recognized national leader in the field of voting rights for more than 40 years. Its docket includes litigation in more than a dozen states and encompasses issues such as minority voting rights, redistricting, registration, election reform, felon disfranchisement, voter education, and ballot access. Most recently, the Project has been engaged in groundbreaking litigation challenging voter suppression efforts in North Carolina and onerous identification and proof of citizenship requirements for voting in various states including Arizona, Kansas, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The Project also intervened on behalf of minority voters in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; and conducted litigation to secure and protect the voting rights of Native Americans in Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! John Hopkins Health Systems Seeking Legal Fellow in Baltimore, MD, Due 4/7

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Johns Hopkins employs more than 20,000 people annually across our health system.  Upon joining Johns Hopkins, you become part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees.  Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate locations and in the health insurance industry.  If you share in our vision, mission and values and also have exceptional customer service and technical skills, we invite you to join an employer that is a leader and innovator in the healthcare field.

The Legal Department of the Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting competent and dedicated lawyers from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We believe that a diverse group of talented legal professionals is critically important to the success of our department, our clients, and the community. We define diversity broadly to encompass, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, veteran and military status, marital and parental status, and disability. With greater diversity, we will be more creative, effective and inclusive, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, and interests to the practice of law in a corporate setting.

In support of our commitment to provide opportunities to talented lawyers of diverse backgrounds, we offer a one-year legal fellowship. The fellowship is primarily based in the Employment and Labor Affairs practice group, but also provides opportunities to work with other practice groups within the Legal Department.

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

Attention 3Ls! U.S. Department of Labor Seeking Employee Benefits Law Specialist (Pathways Intern), Due 4/9

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DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.  DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance (OHPSCA).  EBSA is responsible for administering and securing compliance with Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). OHPSCA’s mission is to plan, direct, and carry out a program to provide policy and technical guidance regarding the provisions of ERISA, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other laws affecting group health plans.

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

United Nations PeaceKeeping Operations Seeking Judicial Affairs Officer in New York, Due 4/9

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The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is dedicated to assisting the Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to maintain international peace and security.  DPKO provides political and executive direction to UN Peacekeeping operations around the world and maintains contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates. The Department works to integrate the efforts of UN, governmental and non-governmental entities in the context of peacekeeping operations.  DPKO also provides guidance and support on military, police, mine action and other relevant issues to other UN political and peacebuilding missions.

This position is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service (CLJAS). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Service or his/her delegate and will be responsible for the following duties:  Assist the Chief of CLJAS or his/her delegate in the administration of the Service, including the development of workplans and budgetary documents; Contribute to the development of technical guidance materials and training tools, including by collecting lessons learned and best practices from missions for inclusion in new and updating guidance materials and training tools; Work with the Department of Field Support to develop vacancy announcements; screen candidates; and support interview panels for judicial affairs officers for field missions; Liaise with partners within and outside the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, including other United Nations entities engaged in the rule of law through the Global Focal Point arrangement and the Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group; Draft project proposals for donor funding; Organize briefings, conferences and training events; Prepare, review and edit talking points, memoranda, meeting notes and other documents produced by CLJAS.

 

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

Openings in Migrant Rights, Housing Policy, Domestic Violence Advocacy, and Civil Legal Aid

REAP Seeking Bilingual Spanish-Speaking Extern for the Fall in Yakima, WA, Due 3/31

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REAP is a collaborative externship program sponsored by the Washington Alliance for Equal Justice and all three Washington law schools – University of Washington, Seattle University, and Gonzaga University, as well as the University of Idaho. This unique public service opportunity, offered only in the fall term, allows a cohort of law students to contribute valuable legal education and assistance to migrant and seasonal farm workers in Central Washington, while learning together about the workplace justice issues facing this most vulnerable group of immigrant workers. Students will participate in outreach to farm workers living in labor camps throughout Central Washington, as well as carry out research and writing in support of labor rights litigation and immigration cases at one of the placement legal assistance organizations. In the past few years, students have worked on sexual harassment litigation, class actions involving guest worker programs, and affirmative immigration applications and DACA pro se clinics for young immigrants.

For more information about the externship opportunity, visit Symplicity.

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing Inc. Seeking Housing Policy Intern in Illinois, Due 4/15

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Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) is seeking a graduate student in law or public policy for a summer internship in its downtown Chicago office.  LCBH is the only legal-aid organization in the Chicago area that focuses exclusively on low and moderate income renters in the private housing market, providing free legal and supportive services to help truly disadvantaged renters defend against eviction, sub-standard living conditions, and address the special needs of renters living in foreclosed buildings. The LCBH holistic approach to services empowers clients to improve their lives and protect their families from homelessness and also strengthens communities by advocating for access to safe and affordable housing for all.

LCBH’s policy program endeavors to improve the access of low-income households to safe, accessible, affordable housing through original research and advocacy to bring about systemic change for housing justice. The policy intern will work directly with the Housing Policy Coordinator and the Legal Director to further LCBH’s policy and advocacy initiatives.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! New York Legal Assistance Group Seeking Full Time Attorney

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NYLAG is a not-for-profit law office that provides free civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers.  LegalHealth, a division of NYLAG is a medical-legal partnership that runs free legal clinics in hospitals and other community health facilities. LegalHealth also provides training to medical professionals to help them better understand the legal issues their patients encounter.

LegalHealth is expanding its network of hospital partners and seeks to hire one or more Staff Attorneys to work at hospital sites throughout New York City, including a VA Medical Center.

The attorneys will be responsible for staffing on-site legal clinics at these hospital partners, providing advice and representation in a wide range of legal issues affecting low-income, immigrant, and disabled client population.

For complete information and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) Seeking DV Staff Attorney

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ELAP provides legal services to low income people on the Eastside and to survivors of domestic violence from all of King County. There are many low income individuals and families on the Eastside who need but cannot afford legal services. There are also many survivors of domestic violence in King County who need legal assistance from an attorney to protect them from the violence which threatens them and often their children. Volunteer attorneys, our staff DV attorney, and our paralegal provide the needed legal services through advice clinics, brief services appointments, workshops, and direct representation.

Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by providing legal assistance to help Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) serve low-income residents who are survivors of domestic violence. This is a full-time employment opportunity as an ELAP DV Staff Attorney located on-site at the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila, WA.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention Law Students! Legal Services Corporation Offering Paid Summer Internships in Washington, D.C., Position Open Until Filled

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Established by Congress in 1974, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the country’s single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. LSC currently funds 134 independent, non-profit legal aid organizations with more than 800 offices throughout the nation. LSC’s mission is to promote equal access to justice and provide grants for high-quality civil legal assistance.

LSC is seeking Interns for several departments this summer. All positions are located in Washington, DC and all internships are paid. The internship will run from June to August 2014 with possible extension through the Fall 2014 semester.  The intern’s hours will be up to twenty (20) hours per week during the school year; up to thirty seven and one-half (37.5) hours per week during summer vacation and school breaks.

For more information and application details, click here.

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls! Northwest Justice Project Seeking Legal Intern for Veteran’s Project, Open Until Filled

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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 or through PILA.  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 Leo Flor.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

New ABA President Pledges to Work on Legal Jobs and ATJ, Call for Human Rights Conference Proposals, Rape Victims Legal Redress in Kenya & The Farm Worker Labor Debate

New ABA President Pledges to Work on Legal Jobs, Access to Justice

SilkenatCHICAGO (Legal Newsline) — James Silkenat, a partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester, took office Tuesday as president of the American Bar Association.

The ABA held its annual meeting in San Francisco. It wrapped up Tuesday.

Silkenat, who is a member of the law firm’s corporate department, will serve as the association’s president until the close of its meeting next August.

Silkenat said he plans to help develop a Legal Access Job Corps, which will seek to address the country’s growing unmet legal needs and the underemployment of recent law graduates.

“Instead of looking at the dearth of jobs and the large number of unmet legal needs as two separate silos, we will find ways to match young lawyers who need practical job experience with disadvantaged clients who need legal assistance,” the new president said. Continue reading here.

US Human Rights Network Call for Conference Proposals

Advancing Human Rights ConfAre you working on a human rights concern that receives little to no attention? Do you need more champions and foot soldiers to advance your work or campaign?  Have you experienced a recent victory?

If so, then now is the time to Submit a Proposal Application to share your experiences and stories with other conference attendees and to strengthen a growing people-centered movement to secure dignity and justice for all in the U.S.

In preparing the proposal application we ask you to reflect on how race, gender, sexuality and class impact your work. We encourage you to use the Framing Questions on Intersectionality as a guide to assist you in developing your proposals. We hope that the Framing Questions will also serve as a good tool for assessing how an intersectionality approach can strengthen your current human rights work. PROPOSAL DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 5!

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE TODAY: Join fellow human rights activists in Atlanta in December as we celebrate USHRN’s 10th Anniversary and gather to learn, share and organize. Click here to register. 

Registration Discounted for Members! Early Bird Registration Ends October 22. Limited Travel Scholarships Available: Click here to learn more and apply.

Debate Continues Over Farm Labor Contracting

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YAKIMA, Wash. — Legal advocates for employees and employers are engaged in a public debate over whether the state Farm Labor Contractor Act is serving its original purpose to protect employees, or if it’s eliminating jobs by running unsuspecting companies out of business.

The debate follows two decisions in state and federal courts in recent years that haven’t settled the contention over what constitutes farm labor contracting, fees for service and how penalties and damages should be applied to those held liable for violating the law.

Legal advocates for employers say there could be hundreds of companies and farmers currently operating as unlicensed farm labor contractors under state law. Farm labor advocates, meanwhile, say the law is unambiguous and has successfully provided recourse to workers who were denied basic information about their wages and other terms of their contracts.  Continue reading here.

Kenyan Rape Victims Seek Compensation

nairobi_high_court_-_t_chenGroup of women who suffered sexual attacks during mass violence five years ago to sue officials.

August 14, 2013–By J.J. Wangui, Photo courtesy of Ting Chen/Flickr- International Justice – ICC, ACR Issue 358,

Eight Kenyan women who were victims of rape and sexual violence during months of unrest in 2007-08 are to bring a civil case against some of the country’s highest-ranking officials, accusing them of failing to investigate their cases.

The women say they have lost faith in seeing the perpetrators face prosecution, and argue that police, in particular, have been largely immune from prosecution for rape and other crimes.

An independent inquiry into the post-election violence carried out by the Waki Commission indicated that police were responsible for 405 shootings and hundreds of injuries and rapes during the violence.

Many of the women who were attacked, however, say they were turned away by police when they tried to report assaults by a member of the force.

“A number of victims have [attempted to lodge] criminal cases against the police who either shot or raped them but the latter has failed to document these cases,” Christine Kungu, a lawyer at the NGO Federation for Female Lawyers, FIDA, which is representing the women.

Kenya descended into chaos when violence broke out along political and ethnic lines following the disputed outcome of the December 2007 general election. More than 1,100 people were killed and 3,500 injured before calm was restored in February 2008 by an internationally-brokered agreement between the rival Orange Democratic Movement and the Party of National Unity. Continue reading here.