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MELAW Board
Aug 05, 2022
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I am reaching out to you today because we are currently hiring for several AmeriCorps positions in the King County area and we are hoping you can help share these opportunities with your networks. All of these positions are supporting large-scale innovative anti-poverty solutions in our community. In addition to making a tangible impact in the community, participating in a UWKC AmeriCorps program also provides opportunities to participate in ongoing professional development opportunities, including skills workshops, racial equity trainings, and access to a vast network of non-profit professionals eager to support your career growth. This year, we are also excited to offer the highest possible living stipend for our county, a monthly $250 housing stipend, and an additional $1,000 completion bonus for members who complete a full term of service. We are hiring on a rolling basis for these positions with service terms starting on September 1, 2022: HungerCorps Members: Connect families with critical food resources, including school meals, food banks, and public benefits programs like Basic Food (SNAP) – with a particular focus on supporting communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Financial Empowerment Members: Serve on one of the largest anti-poverty programs in Washington State. The Free Tax Preparation Campaign is a community-driven effort to put money into the pockets of low- and moderate-income residents of King County by increasing tax refunds, improving access to tax credits, and assisting individuals and households to apply for food, cash, and other public benefits. Benefits Hub Coaches: Connect students to critical financial and emergency resources and information that aid students in achieving their educational goals, as well as build the capacity of the Benefits Hub program by developing strong partnerships and referral pathways that increase awareness and use of Benefits Hub services.
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MELAW Board
Aug 04, 2022
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The Sexual Violence Law Center is seeking a compassionate, solutions-oriented Staff Attorney to join our team. Advocates who are adept at facilitating creative and strategic survivor-centered legal representation and assistance based on race and gender equity practices are welcome to apply!
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MELAW Board
Jul 27, 2022
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The Office of Civil Legal Aid is expanding staff capacity to address an ever growing set of programmatic responsibilities. We are currently recruiting for four positions: Administrative and Contract Support Assistant OCLA Director of Operations (7/2022) Crime Victims-DV Survivors Program Manager (open 8/1/2022) State v. Blake -Reentry Legal Aid Program Manager (open 8/1/2022) OCLA State Application Form
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MELAW Board
Jul 21, 2022
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Are you looking for work-life balance AND meaningful work? POSITION TITLE: Staff Attorney, Legal Aid to Domestic Violence Survivors (2 positions) Senior Attorney, Legal Aid to Domestic Violence Survivors (1 position) COMPENSATION: Full-time (35 hours per week), although part-time work will be considered. Annual salary of $63,000 - $67,000 plus vacation and sick leave and healthcare stipend of $400 per month. The Senior Attorney has an annual salary of $67,000 to $72,000 based upon experience. LOCATION: The official location for this position is in Olympia. While remote work is possible, all staff are expected to work in the office on at least a part-time basis. Travel within the five counties that make up the TCVLS service area will be required. RECRUITMENT: Cover letter, resume and professional references are required. Please send to director@tcvls.org. Applications will be reviewed beginning August 15th. The recruitment will be open until all positions are filled. AGENCY SUMMARY: Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services (TCVLS) is a 501 (c) 3 organization that provides legal assistance to low-income individuals and families for a variety of civil legal proceedings. Trained volunteer attorneys help people self-represent by providing legal advice and consultation. Occasionally we match clients with private attorneys for full representation. We also have paid staff attorneys who provide advice and direct representation to eligible tenants who are at risk of eviction and who have been served a summons for eviction. TCVLS provides legal services in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Lewis Counties. TCVLS is committed to race equity and justice. We want our employees to be diverse and reflect our community. We strive to have services and programs that are free from bias and oppression and staff and volunteers that treat everyone with dignity and respect. More information about what it means to commit to these principlesreferredto as“REJI” can be found here:Washington Race Equity & JusticeInitiative–WA REJI POSITION SUMMARY: The attorneys providing legal aid to survivorsof domesticviolencewill workunder the general directionof TCVLS Executive Director. Work requiring the professional judgment of a lawyer will be supervised byaSenior Attorney.These positions areestablishedthanks toa grant fromthe Officeof Civil Legal Aid(State of Washington)that endsJune30, 2025. All positionsare overtime-exempt andserve at will. The Attorneyswill providecivil legal assistance tolow-incomeindividualsor families whoare survivorsof domesticviolence.Serviceswill include advice andcounsel, limited representation, brief services,and/orextended representation. Priorityfor legal serviceswill be given to immigrants with language barriers, American Indians andNative Alaskans,others with limited access tothe courts becauseof race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation/gender identify or disability and those who are identifiedas high riskbased on assessmenttools used byDV/SAorganizations (such as the JackieCampbell Danger Assessment). Those living inrural communities andwho are isolatedwill also be part of the priority communityof clients.Whilethere is nospecific incomequalifying criteria, we will prioritizethose without theresources to hire anattorney. Emphasis will beon protectionorders and family law representation necessary tosecure safeand supportive parenting plans, including protectionorders for children and child support. This positionwill serve residents of Thurston,Mason,Grays Harbor,Pacific and/or Lewis Counties.Some evening andweekend workmay be required.Validdriver’slicense, insurance and privatevehiclerequired. Essential Functions ofthe Position include: •Licensed to practice law inWashington State. •Provide legal assistance toclientsoftenin urgent situations toensurethe safety of the survivor andtheir family. •Provide limited representation, brief services and extended representation to clients impacted bydomestic violence who have been affected by the COVID-19 emergency, in collaboration withThurston County Volunteer Legal Services staffand community partners. •Ability to communicateeffectively in English (interpreters are available tocommunicate with clientswho do not speak English). •Appear in court in-person,by videoconferencing or phone based upon the operationsof courtswithin service area. •Provideservices in a manner that is sensitive and appropriate for thosewho have been traumatizedby physicaland mental abuse and/orviolence. •Provideservices that reflect understanding of working with Native Americans, personsof color,membersofthe LGBTQcommunity,and others who havebeen marginalizedby society. •Use of a computer, laptop,printer, copier/scanner and phone (including answering system). •Ability to transfer handwritten information into a client database. COMPENSATION: TCVLS offers meaningful work and is committed to staff having work-life balance. A full-time work week is 35 hours a week and workload is managed to ensure that balance. Part-time positions may be considered with salary commiserate to hours worked. Vacation and sick leave benefits are provided. Some evening and weekend work may be required. The Attorney must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License and automobile insurance. The Attorney is required to provide own transportation for any offsite meetings. HOW TO APPLY: Candidates must include a cover letter, a resume that reflects the required education and experience, and a list of three references (please include phone numbers). The positions are open until filled. An initial review of applications will begin Monday, August 15th. Application packets can be mailed or e-mailed to: Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services P.O. Box 405 Olympia, WA 98507-0405 or director@tcvls.org TCVLS is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employees have the right to work in a discrimination-free environment. TCVLS will not permit or condone any arbitrary discrimination in the workplace. All employment decisions will be made without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state, local, or federal laws.
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MELAW Board
Jul 11, 2022
In Job Board
Background The provision of legal aid services to indigent persons is an important component of the state’s responsibility to provide for the proper and effective administration of justice. The mission of the Office of Civil Legal Aid is to secure, invest, and oversee the use of public funding for civil legal aid to low-income people in Washington State and to ensure accountability for public funds dedicated to this purpose. https://ocla.wa.gov. OCLA embraces the Washington State Supreme Court’s June 4, 2020 “Call to Action” to the judiciary and broader legal community to identify and address systemic policies, practices, laws, and rules that perpetuate bias and unfairness in the Washington state law and justice system. Current Circumstances OCLA is an agency in significant transition. From 2005 through 2014 OCLA was a single purpose entity, administering, contracting, and overseeing contracts for general legal aid services. OCLA’s responsibilities have expanded dramatically in recent years. Recognizing OCLA’s essential role and the compelling need for civil legal aid services, the Washington State Legislature expanded OCLA’s mandate to support legal aid to victims of crime and domestic violence, children in foster care, kinship caregivers, indigent tenants facing eviction, families and communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and individuals reentering society following completion of their terms of incarceration. OCLA administers an annual budget of $52.5M in state and federal funds with a current staff of 8 FTEs. Staffing is expected to grow to 13 FTEs by June 2023. In concert with this growth, OCLA has embraced a deliberate process to create an internal equity plan, establish an anti-racist culture, and to intentionally listen, learn, and take action to meet the challenges outlined in the Supreme Court’s June 4, 2020 open letter referenced above. The DoO will be a principal guardian of these values and related implementation activities. The credibility, past performance, and institutional history of OCLA form a strong foundation for continuing programmatic expansion. Capturing this knowledge and developing forward-looking operational, administrative, and human resources systems to maximize performance consistent with the agency’s mission and core equity and accountability responsibilities, represent the essence of this job, in step with day-to-day operations management. OCLA is an independent agency in the state judicial branch. While vigilantly adhering to necessary regulatory and performance standards that are a key element of our credibility, we operate as a team of colleagues. Our equity-informed caring and supportive culture is our great strength. Our transparency and our appetite to learn and transform systems that cause or perpetuate disparate harm to low-income people and communities in Washington State continue to make us stronger. Role The Director of Operations (DoO) will report directly to the agency Director. The DoO will be the senior administrative officer, responsible for day-to-day agency operations including, but not limited to, regulatory accountability; program oversight and strategic planning; budget development, planning and tracking; design and management of data systems and data analysis; and conduct of operations consistent with the agency’s mission and equity commitments. They will ensure that the planning, execution, and administration of all OCLA programs, services and systems are in alignment. Key duties include: • Oversee and ensure effective coordination of all core client service programs, contracts, and vendor relations. • Assist the OCLA Director, OCLA Director of Programs, and program managers with overall agency and programmatic budget development and expenditure tracking. • Establish and maintain uniform systems and templates for equity-informed agency contracting and procurement practices. • Working with the Director of Programs, develop and implement strategic data collection and analytic capacities consistent with each program’s focus and overall agency equity values and performance commitments. • Develop budget proposals and engage with relevant legislative policy leads and budget writers, legislative staff, and others to ensure effective and successful representation of the agency’s budget requests and, where appropriate, policy positions. • Represent the agency in judicial branch and other task forces, work groups, and planning committee on matters that affect the agency’s core mission and responsibilities. • Manage and oversee the OCLA support team. Qualifications and Application We are seeking a DoO with relevant experience administering a governmental entity or large not-for-profit organization and a passionate commitment to the agency’s equity and justice mission, values, and commitments. The DoO will have the opportunity to make a measurable and sustainable difference in the lives of those most harmed by the civil justice and related law and justice systems and who are least able to access critically needed civil legal assistance and representation. Candidates should have a successful track record in administration, budgeting, human resources, governmental contracts management, systems development, implementation, and measurement. Candidates should have the ability to align operations and systems in pursuit of overall institutional goals and to manage a small yet complex and diverse organization in a progressive, entrepreneurial, and anti-racist manner. An advanced degree in management, public administration or a related field is preferred. At the same time, OCLA recognizes that requirements for traditional credentials often perpetuate preferences for those who have benefitted from social and positional privilege. Consequently, OCLA encourages and welcomes applications from candidates who bring other relevant experience that demonstrates their ability to meet and deliver on the challenges the DoO will face. Compensation and Benefits Salary: $135,000 - $143,000 Annually DOQ Benefits: Paid medical/dental, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance programs Leave: Paid vacation and sick leave benefits Retirement: Employer contributions to state retirement benefits Click here for more benefit information Location Thurston or Pierce County, Washington highly preferred. Other locations subject to negotiation. Additional Information The Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is committed to equity and inclusion in hiring and employment practices and full compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination laws. OCLA strongly encourages members of diverse and historically disfavored and underrepresented demographic communities to apply. OCLA will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship, or immigration status; families with children; gender (including gender identify and gender expression); marital status; sexual orientation; age; veteran or military status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability (actual or perceived); or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Individuals needing reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process should contact support@ocla.wa.gov. OCLA believes in providing substantial professional flexibility consistent with necessary accountability considerations. We also support Washington State greenhouse gas reduction efforts. We therefore take a generous approach to telecommunication and remote work activity. Application Please submit a cover letter, resume, and not more than four references to ocla@fordwebb.com Our consultant, Ted Ford Webb, is available to provide background and conversation about this search. He can be reached at the email address above.
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MELAW Board
Jun 14, 2022
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KCBA is hiring for two new staff attorneys for the brand new Legal Advice And Referral for Kinship Care (LAARK) program. The positions are statewide and have the option of being remote. Please share with your communities! The posting is here: https://www.kcba.org/About-KCBA/Jobs/Legal-Advice-and-Referral-For-Kinship-Care-LAARK-Staff-Attorney
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MELAW Board
Jun 03, 2022
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We are looking for an attorney with 3-5 years of Employment Litigation experience for our Civil Division. Please share widely, thanks! Qualified candidates can apply here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty/jobs/3578580/employment-litigation-attorney
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MELAW Board
Jun 01, 2022
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STAFF ATTORNEY POSITIONS Staff Attorney (General) in Wenatchee and Granger offices Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP) Staff Attorney in Wenatchee office Full Time, Exempt https://nwirp.org/join/jobs-internships/ ABOUT NORTHWEST IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT: Founded in 1984, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is a nationally-recognized legal services organization on the front lines of defending and advancing the rights of immigrants. Each year, NWIRP provides direct legal representation and assistance in immigration matters to thousands of people with low incomes who come from over 150 countries and speak over 60 different languages. NWIRP challenges unjust policies through high-impact lawsuits and advocates for laws and policies that respect the rights of immigrants. NWIRP is also a trusted provider of immigration-related community education for immigrant communities and social service providers. NWIRP has a staff of over 120 and an annual budget of over $15 million. NWIRP serves the community through four offices in Washington State (Granger, Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee), but the impact of our work is felt nationwide. NWIRP’s Granger Office is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima. From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Southeastern Washington. The office has a staff of ten and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families. NWIRP’s Granger office is housed within a community center which includes a public Spanish language radio station, medical, and financial services for the farmworkers and their families. NWIRP’s Wenatchee Office is located in Wenatchee, WA, a city of approximately 35,000 people, located in the heart of Washington State, and at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee Rivers. With its scenic orchards and growing wine industry, Wenatchee also boasts easy access to rivers, lakes, hiking trails, and its own downhill ski resort. We expect the current staff of eleven to grow to fourteen once all new roles have been filled. This office serves clients from Central and Northeastern Washington and, similar to Granger, its client base consists largely of farmworkers and their families. SUMMARY: NWIRP seeks full time English-Spanish bilingual attorneys to provide direct representation and community outreach and education to immigrant community members in Washington State. The applicants must be fluent in English and Spanish, and must be able to start their position as soon as possible. Under NWIRP’s current COVID policies, new staff members must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (unless eligible for an exemption) and must wear a face mask while in all common areas at the job location. At the time of this posting, NWIRP staff is operating mostly remotely, but some in-office work will be expected of these positions. Once current pandemic restrictions are lifted, the positions are anticipated to be eligible for a choice of hybrid or in-person work models. A minimum two-year commitment to the positions is preferred. Staff Attorney (General) NWIRP is looking for English-Spanish bilingual staff attorneys to be placed in NWIRP’s Granger and Wenatchee offices. Additional languages spoken are a plus. As a staff attorney, you will provide direct representation, individual consultations, and community outreach and education to immigrant community members seeking immigration protections before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the immigration courts. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters, including cases of people in immigration detention. This position is expected to travel to immigration courts in Seattle or Tacoma and USCIS offices in Seattle, Spokane or Yakima in Washington State (and occasionally in Portland, Oregon). A valid driver’s license will be required in order to meet these expectations. The position may involve evening and weekend work hours. Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP) NWIRP is looking for an English- Spanish bilingual staff attorney to be placed in NWIRP’s Wenatchee office. As an attorney in the Unaccompanied Children Program, you will provide direct representation, individual consultations, and community outreach and education to unaccompanied children and youth facing removal (deportation) proceedings. You will also assist children and youth to apply for various forms of immigration protection, including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), asylum, self-petitions under VAWA, U visas, T visas, and adjustment of status before USCIS. Children and youth attorneys also handle Washington State court proceedings related to a child or youth’s eligibility for SIJS. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters, including cases of people in immigration detention. This position is expected to travel to the immigration court in Seattle (and occasionally in Tacoma), and state courts in specific counties across WA State. A valid driver’s license will be required in order to meet these expectations. The position may involve evening and weekend work hours. BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION: Beginning annual salary for licensed attorneys with no prior experience is $70,509.05 and is higher for attorneys with specific types of experience. For example, for someone with 10 years of qualifying experience the annual salary would be $91,560; 20 years = $107,448.39. NWIRP is proud to be a unionized employer and this full time position is covered by NWIRP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. NWIRP offers a generous benefits package, including: ● Fully paid health, vision & dental plans for employee level coverage with employer-funded HRA and HSA options ● FSA and Dependent Care accounts ● Employer contribution of 3% of salary to 403(b) retirement plan ● Generous paid health-related leave and vacation (16 days during your first year) ● 12 weeks of paid parental leave after 6 months of employment, plus the ability to extend with state paid leave ● 14 paid Holidays with the ability to float 5 holidays ● Subsidized transit pass if based out of Seattle ● Employer-paid disability/life/AD&D coverage; Long-term care insurance ● 4 weeks of paid sabbatical after every five years of employment at NWIRP ● Eligibility to earn compensatory time COMMITMENT TO INCLUSIVITY, EQUITY AND REPRESENTATION: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff, board, and volunteer base reflective of the communities we serve and that enhances our ability to create a vibrant environment where all members of the NWIRP community thrive. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants (including people who were formerly detained, undocumented, or who have navigated the immigration legal system), women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds and language abilities. NWIRP is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. NWIRP does not discriminate on the basis of class, race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability. Excepting any undue hardship, NWIRP will provide reasonable accommodations upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please contact HR@nwirp.org. RESPONSIBILITIES: All staff attorneys are expected to: ● Provide direct representation to individuals in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals or before the federal courts, and before the Department of Homeland Security; ● Provide direct representation to persons submitting affirmative applications with USCIS and the Department of State; ● Conduct intakes, by phone and in person, and interview clients to gather or clarify information; ● Conduct case analysis to determine eligibility for immigration protections/status under the immigration laws; ● Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws, practices, and trends in immigration law, particularly as it impacts low-income immigrants and those impacted by the criminal justice system; ● Establish, organize, and maintain files up to date; ● Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting such as timekeeping, submitting timesheets, tracking trainings and other duties in a timely manner; ● Participate in NWIRP’s outreach, community education, and development efforts; and ● Perform other tasks and responsibilities assigned by supervisory staff depending upon NWIRP’s needs. Specific to Unaccompanied Children Program (UCP) ● Provide direct representation to persons in state court proceedings, as needed (specific to children and youth work). Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear; utilize a phone, computer, keyboard, pen and paper. Occasional work on night and weekend hours. Travel may be required. Travel reimbursements apply. Emotional demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to discuss topics including, but not limited, to discrimination; child abuse, neglect, abandonment; domestic abuse; violence, and psychological trauma. Working in a detention center environment (especially for LOP). SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: ● Law degree; ● Admission to practice of law in a U.S. state (but will consider law graduates taking the July 2022 Bar in Washington State); for UCP position, admission to practice (or ability to waive in) in Washington State would be required). ● Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending the rights of immigrants and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision and values; ● Fluent in English and Spanish (additional languages are encouraged); ● Familiarity working with interpreters; ● Demonstrated interest in advocating for youth (previous work experience working with children and youth is preferred, if applying for a UCP position); ● Prior experience working with survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault is preferred; ● Commitment to creating a welcoming and professional inclusive environment for staff and clients; ● Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to organize information in a clear and concise manner, including strong problem solving, research, and analytical skills; ● Previous work with remote legal assistance, preferred; ● Ability to provide trauma-informed and culturally inclusive legal representation; ● Special consideration will be given to attorneys with at least two years of prior relevant legal experience; ● Have a strong sense of judgment and decision making; ● Strong organizational skills; ● Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment; ● Proficiency in use of web-based software, Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel, and web peer-to-peer communication platforms; Familiar with G-suite tools like Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Gmail; and ● The applicant must have a valid driver’s license as each position involves some travel. REPORTS TO: Supervising Attorney TO APPLY: You will need to upload a single file document including your cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references via our careers page: https://secure3.entertimeonline.com/ta/90199.careers?CareersSearch. For your cover letter, please indicate the position(s) and locations you would like to be considered for, and describe 1) how your lived or work experience make you a good fit for this role; and 2) what are some challenges you are aware of that pose barriers to providing legal advocacy to immigrant client populations. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by June 16, 2022, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.
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MELAW Board
May 27, 2022
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Job Title: Staff Attorney, Eviction Defense Job Type: Full-time salaried position Salary: $65,000/year Application Deadline: Open until filled Start Date: Upon hire Kitsap Legal Services is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals in Kitsap County, Washington. Washington recently enacted RCW 59.18.650 and became the first state in the nation to create a right to counsel for indigent tenants in Unlawful Detainer proceedings. Kitsap Legal Services is hiring a Staff Attorney to represent tenants in Kitsap County Superior Court as appointed by the court. The Staff Attorney will join the Managing Attorney and Legal Assistant/Paralegal in carrying out the objectives of this new legislation. Job Duties: Provide full, direct client representation at all post-summons stages of Unlawful Detainer proceedings, including trials, and appeals; Prepare and manage a high-volume caseload requiring frequent negotiations with opposing parties and court appearances; Develop and maintain relationships with opposing counsel, the court, and local stakeholders; Participate in trainings and CLEs regarding housing law and other relevant topics; Utilize case management and timekeeping systems and comply with all applicable regulatory requirements and reporting needs. Requirements: Licensed to practice law in Washington; Knowledge of Washington housing law, or a commitment to learn this specialized field; Litigation and direct client management experience; Demonstrated experience working directly with low-income clients, individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, or individuals from historically marginalized and oppressed communities (preferred); Established commitment to working with marginalized and oppressed communities; Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others; Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Zoom, LegalServer or other case management software; Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume’, and three professional references to Hiring@KitsapLegalServices.org. Priority given to applications received by June 3, 2022.
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MELAW Board
May 27, 2022
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The Supreme Court Commissions team at the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is seeking a Court Program Assistant to provide a broad range of administrative and programmatic support for the Minority and Justice Commission, the Gender and Justice Commission, the Interpreter Commission, and the Tribal State Court Consortium. This position is located within AOC’s Office of Court Innovation. It supports the work of a tight-knit team of skilled policy analysts and program coordinators who work on topics such as racial justice, gender equity, and language access, that are incredibly relevant to the issues we see in the court system today. View the full Job Description and Application Instructions
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MELAW Board
May 23, 2022
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We are hiring for THREE awesome positions right now! Paralegal/Legal Services Manager (full time) Community Engagement Manager (part time) Operations Manager (part time) We are an inclusive and friendly team, with fully-paid medical and dental benefits, generous PTO, and a mostly remote work environment. We’re particularly looking for candidates who are multilingual and, for the paralegal and community engagement manager positions, live outside Seattle. All positions pay $31.50/hr. All open positions are posted here!
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MELAW Board
May 20, 2022
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CLS is seeking a bilingual temporary legal administrative assistant for the summer. The person can work out of either our Wenatchee or Yakima offices. Great opportunity for someone looking to gain experience in the legal setting or learn more about civil legal aid work and maybe a recent grad looking for summer work.
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MELAW Board
May 16, 2022
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The Sexual Violence Law Center is seeking a compassionate, solutions-oriented Legal Navigator to join our team. The Legal Navigator supports victims of crime referred through Project Safety to help determine their civil legal needs and refers the client to appropriate Project Safety legal aid partners and community resources for civil legal assistance. Project Safety is a coordinated effort in King County between Sexual Violence Law Center, King County Bar Association, Eastside Legal Assistance Program, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Northwest Justice Project, and King County Prosecutor's Office to connect domestic and sexual assault crime victims to civil legal aid. The Navigator plays a central role in connecting survivors to legal assistance. Advocates who are adept at facilitating creative and strategic survivor-centered solutions based on race and gender equity practices are welcome to apply! Preference given to applications received by May 31, 2022. Please do share widely with your networks.
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MELAW Board
May 10, 2022
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Fair Work Center is looking for someone interested in building power with workers through popular education, leadership development, organizing, and enforcement of labor standards. Sound interesting? Read on! Know someone who might be interested? Please pass it on! The Community Engagement & Base Building Educator is primarily responsible for engaging low-wage workers around their rights at work, and both coordinating and facilitating popular education "know your rights" workshops. Success in this position requires a worker-centered approach, knowledge of popular education dynamics, strong facilitation skills, and the ability to develop long-term engagement with low-wage workers. Fluency in a second-language other than English is required. Learn more about the role and how to apply here, or see attached. Priority deadline is 5/22.
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MELAW Board
May 09, 2022
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STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION Walla Walla, WA Full-time, exempt SUMMARY: Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC) seeks a passionate, collaborative, and innovative advocate, committed to social justice and anti-racism, to provide direct representation, community outreach, and education to young people 12-24 years who are or are at risk of experiencing homelessness in Walla Walla County. Applicants must be a current member of the Washington State Bar Association. The Walla Walla attorney will be an integral member of Walla Walla’s community partners striving to end youth homelessness, and a key player on LCYC’s advocacy team. This position is part of LCYC’s Justice Expansion Team, which includes our work in Walla Walla, TriCities, Pro Bono Champions program, and our virtual law program (VLAW). This position is located in Walla Walla and the attorney is expected to live in Walla Walla County. LCYC is a virtual non-profit – the attorney will work from home and spend their time in the Walla Walla community, meeting with youth and community partners in schools, shelters, and at court. The attorney will represent young people on a wide range of civil legal issues including, but not limited to housing, emancipations, public benefits, employment, education, orders of protection, family law, minor guardianships and medical debt. Applicants do not need existing expertise in these legal areas, but they do need to arrive at LCYC with a commitment to continual learning. The attorney will provide legal assistance for young people through (1) direct legal representation (2) legal advice and consultation, and (3) legal education to youth and community partners. Working in in collaboration with youth and community providers, the attorney will help identify and influence systemic barriers to the elimination of youth homelessness. Additionally, the attorney will be responsible for outreach, partner relationships and generating referrals in Walla Walla. COMMITMENT TO INCLUSIVITY, EQUITY AND REPRESENTATION: LCYC is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff and board reflective of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, those with lived experience, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. LCYC particularly values lived experience in our practice areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, youth and family immigration, and youth homelessness. COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time, overtime exempt, salaried position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends, as well as occasional travel within the state. LCYC employees have some flexibility in setting their schedules each week. This flexibility allows staff to adapt the timing of their work week with the scheduling needs of representing youth. This flexibility also allows employees to achieve better individual balance between work and home. The salary range for the position is $65,000 - $85,000, depending on experience. Spanish speakers are eligible for an additional $3,000 annually, beyond their set salary. Supportive benefits include but are not limited to Flexible Time Away, medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan, and paid home office needs such as laptop computer, stand-up desk, and printer. LCYC does not have a shared office space. All staff work from home offices. Travel for work is compensated at the Federal reimbursement rate. QUALIFICATIONS: • Ability to live and practice law in Walla Walla County. • Active member of the Washington State Bar Association. • Demonstrated commitment to LCYC’s mission of protecting the interest and safety of youth in Washington by advancing their legal rights. • Commitment to and demonstrated interest in engaging in culturally competent relationships and applying an anti-racist lens to program operations, community partnerships, and supporting young people. • Demonstrated interest and ability in working with youth and families of diverse racial, cultural, socio-economic backgrounds and inspire their confidence. • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated. • Ability to communicate legal concepts, options, and potential outcomes in a developmentally appropriate manner with youth. • Ability to work professionally with youth and diverse community partners, developing a relationship of trust and confidence. • Ability to be flexible, adjusting to the needs of youth and community. • Ability to engage with the community and partners to generate referrals. Creativity and self-motivation in this area is highly desirable. • Ability to create and deliver presentations to youth and community providers to form relationships and reach potential clients. • Committed to continual learning and responsive to feedback. • The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and access to a car as the position involves some travel. • Experience as a practicing attorney or law school work/internship/externship; past experience in juvenile dependencies or related child welfare, education, public benefits, housing, family law, immigration or indigent defense field is strongly preferred. • Fluency in English and Spanish preferred JOB DUTIES: The staff attorney in Walla Walla County will undertake a range of duties including, but not limited to the list below. • Conduct onsite intake for youth ages 12 -24 years who are or are at risk of becoming homeless. Intake is conducted regularly at local shelter(s), drop-in center(s), and school(s). Intake times may fall outside of usual business hours. • Initiate and continue outreach with community partners. • Provide youth with legal advice, referrals, mediation, and in-court representation as needed on a variety of civil legal matters including, but not limited to family law, child welfare, education, no contact orders, identification, benefits, emancipation, truancies, immigration, consumer debt, minor guardianship and landlord tenant issues. May also address restitution, registration for sexual offenders, court fees, warrants and record sealing. • Investigate each case; analyze facts in light of relevant legal considerations; conduct legal research; prepare litigation strategy; prepare legal memoranda, motions and briefs, and argue specific legal motions and pleadings; litigate evidentiary hearings; examine and cross-examine witnesses. • Partner with local community service providers, school staff, shelter staff, court staff, young people, and LCYC Director of Legal Services on the direct delivery of services and continual improvement of the service model and its local adaptation. • Present trainings for community providers, school staff, shelter staff, court staff, service providers and/or youth. • Participate in regular case staffings with LCYC Director of Legal Services. • Participate in weekly meeting with the Justice Expansion Team, general staff monthly meetings and an annual retreat with all LCYC staff. • Staff cases, problem solve, and identify trends and systemic barriers as an active member of LCYC’s Justice Expansion Team and our Youth Homelessness Program. • Participate in trainings to continually improve the advocacy provided to the youth LCYC serves. • Timely track hours, expenses, and pertinent case data from intakes and closing in LCYC’s online case management system. • Regularly participate in all staff meetings, trainings, and identity group conversations on equity and systemic racism. LCYC’s services are community based, we provide onsite intake at community locations such as shelters and schools. We meet youth in locations where they feel safe and can easily access. Due to COVID-19, LCYC pivoted to more virtual services and will follow state guidelines. We will continue to adapt our policies in line with public health recommendations and our legal responsibilities to young people we represent. Regardless, the attorney is expected to remain in Walla Walla County and work from there. ABOUT LCYC: LCYC protects the interests and safety of youth in Washington by advancing their legal rights. We accomplish our mission through direct legal representation, strong community partnerships, and systemic advocacy. We have four program areas: child welfare, juvenile court, youth and family immigration, and youth homelessness. LCYC provides community-based, holistic legal advocacy to expand access to justice for young people in Washington. LCYC was created and continues to evolve in response to the community’s needs. We meet youth where they are—geographically, developmentally, emotionally, culturally, and linguistically. We collaborate with the youth, family members, educators, service providers, and other community partners to ensure that the legal and non-legal needs of the youth are met. LCYC empowers youth by helping them understand and engage in complex legal systems that impact their lives and their families. We help youth understand and assess legal issues, options, potential consequences, and opportunities, before the youth determines the path forward. LCYC is a team of supportive, creative, risk-taking, and flexible attorneys seeking to disrupt the status quo. We are committed to continual learning. An essential part of that learning must be centered on anti-racism within ourselves, our organization, and the systems we encounter as advocates for young people. We are willing to fail forward, make mistakes and learn, and embrace change. We believe humor and teamwork are critical to doing this sometimes incredibly difficult work. TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of interest, resume, brief writing sample, and list of three references to Chach Duarte White via email at chach@lcycwa.org. For your application to be considered, please include a response to the following question in your cover letter: How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to anti-racism and equity internally and externally? This position will be left open until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.
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May 09, 2022
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STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION Walla Walla, WA Full-time, exempt SUMMARY: Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC) seeks a passionate, collaborative, and innovative advocate, committed to social justice and anti-racism, to provide direct representation, community outreach, and education to young people 12-24 years who are or are at risk of experiencing homelessness in Walla Walla County. Applicants must be a current member of the Washington State Bar Association. The Walla Walla attorney will be an integral member of Walla Walla’s community partners striving to end youth homelessness, and a key player on LCYC’s advocacy team. This position is part of LCYC’s Justice Expansion Team, which includes our work in Walla Walla, TriCities, Pro Bono Champions program, and our virtual law program (VLAW). This position is located in Walla Walla and the attorney is expected to live in Walla Walla County. LCYC is a virtual non-profit – the attorney will work from home and spend their time in the Walla Walla community, meeting with youth and community partners in schools, shelters, and at court. The attorney will represent young people on a wide range of civil legal issues including, but not limited to housing, emancipations, public benefits, employment, education, orders of protection, family law, minor guardianships and medical debt. Applicants do not need existing expertise in these legal areas, but they do need to arrive at LCYC with a commitment to continual learning. The attorney will provide legal assistance for young people through (1) direct legal representation (2) legal advice and consultation, and (3) legal education to youth and community partners. Working in in collaboration with youth and community providers, the attorney will help identify and influence systemic barriers to the elimination of youth homelessness. Additionally, the attorney will be responsible for outreach, partner relationships and generating referrals in Walla Walla. COMMITMENT TO INCLUSIVITY, EQUITY AND REPRESENTATION: LCYC is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff and board reflective of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, those with lived experience, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. LCYC particularly values lived experience in our practice areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, youth and family immigration, and youth homelessness. COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time, overtime exempt, salaried position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends, as well as occasional travel within the state. LCYC employees have some flexibility in setting their schedules each week. This flexibility allows staff to adapt the timing of their work week with the scheduling needs of representing youth. This flexibility also allows employees to achieve better individual balance between work and home. The salary range for the position is $65,000 - $85,000, depending on experience. Spanish speakers are eligible for an additional $3,000 annually, beyond their set salary. Supportive benefits include but are not limited to Flexible Time Away, medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan, and paid home office needs such as laptop computer, stand-up desk, and printer. LCYC does not have a shared office space. All staff work from home offices. Travel for work is compensated at the Federal reimbursement rate. QUALIFICATIONS: • Ability to live and practice law in Walla Walla County. • Active member of the Washington State Bar Association. • Demonstrated commitment to LCYC’s mission of protecting the interest and safety of youth in Washington by advancing their legal rights. • Commitment to and demonstrated interest in engaging in culturally competent relationships and applying an anti-racist lens to program operations, community partnerships, and supporting young people. • Demonstrated interest and ability in working with youth and families of diverse racial, cultural, socio-economic backgrounds and inspire their confidence. • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated. • Ability to communicate legal concepts, options, and potential outcomes in a developmentally appropriate manner with youth. • Ability to work professionally with youth and diverse community partners, developing a relationship of trust and confidence. • Ability to be flexible, adjusting to the needs of youth and community. • Ability to engage with the community and partners to generate referrals. Creativity and self-motivation in this area is highly desirable. • Ability to create and deliver presentations to youth and community providers to form relationships and reach potential clients. • Committed to continual learning and responsive to feedback. • The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and access to a car as the position involves some travel. • Experience as a practicing attorney or law school work/internship/externship; past experience in juvenile dependencies or related child welfare, education, public benefits, housing, family law, immigration or indigent defense field is strongly preferred. • Fluency in English and Spanish preferred JOB DUTIES: The staff attorney in Walla Walla County will undertake a range of duties including, but not limited to the list below. • Conduct onsite intake for youth ages 12 -24 years who are or are at risk of becoming homeless. Intake is conducted regularly at local shelter(s), drop-in center(s), and school(s). Intake times may fall outside of usual business hours. • Initiate and continue outreach with community partners. • Provide youth with legal advice, referrals, mediation, and in-court representation as needed on a variety of civil legal matters including, but not limited to family law, child welfare, education, no contact orders, identification, benefits, emancipation, truancies, immigration, consumer debt, minor guardianship and landlord tenant issues. May also address restitution, registration for sexual offenders, court fees, warrants and record sealing. • Investigate each case; analyze facts in light of relevant legal considerations; conduct legal research; prepare litigation strategy; prepare legal memoranda, motions and briefs, and argue specific legal motions and pleadings; litigate evidentiary hearings; examine and cross-examine witnesses. • Partner with local community service providers, school staff, shelter staff, court staff, young people, and LCYC Director of Legal Services on the direct delivery of services and continual improvement of the service model and its local adaptation. • Present trainings for community providers, school staff, shelter staff, court staff, service providers and/or youth. • Participate in regular case staffings with LCYC Director of Legal Services. • Participate in weekly meeting with the Justice Expansion Team, general staff monthly meetings and an annual retreat with all LCYC staff. • Staff cases, problem solve, and identify trends and systemic barriers as an active member of LCYC’s Justice Expansion Team and our Youth Homelessness Program. • Participate in trainings to continually improve the advocacy provided to the youth LCYC serves. • Timely track hours, expenses, and pertinent case data from intakes and closing in LCYC’s online case management system. • Regularly participate in all staff meetings, trainings, and identity group conversations on equity and systemic racism. LCYC’s services are community based, we provide onsite intake at community locations such as shelters and schools. We meet youth in locations where they feel safe and can easily access. Due to COVID-19, LCYC pivoted to more virtual services and will follow state guidelines. We will continue to adapt our policies in line with public health recommendations and our legal responsibilities to young people we represent. Regardless, the attorney is expected to remain in Walla Walla County and work from there. ABOUT LCYC: LCYC protects the interests and safety of youth in Washington by advancing their legal rights. We accomplish our mission through direct legal representation, strong community partnerships, and systemic advocacy. We have four program areas: child welfare, juvenile court, youth and family immigration, and youth homelessness. LCYC provides community-based, holistic legal advocacy to expand access to justice for young people in Washington. LCYC was created and continues to evolve in response to the community’s needs. We meet youth where they are—geographically, developmentally, emotionally, culturally, and linguistically. We collaborate with the youth, family members, educators, service providers, and other community partners to ensure that the legal and non-legal needs of the youth are met. LCYC empowers youth by helping them understand and engage in complex legal systems that impact their lives and their families. We help youth understand and assess legal issues, options, potential consequences, and opportunities, before the youth determines the path forward. LCYC is a team of supportive, creative, risk-taking, and flexible attorneys seeking to disrupt the status quo. We are committed to continual learning. An essential part of that learning must be centered on anti-racism within ourselves, our organization, and the systems we encounter as advocates for young people. We are willing to fail forward, make mistakes and learn, and embrace change. We believe humor and teamwork are critical to doing this sometimes incredibly difficult work. TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of interest, resume, brief writing sample, and list of three references to Chach Duarte White via email at chach@lcycwa.org. For your application to be considered, please include a response to the following question in your cover letter: How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to anti-racism and equity internally and externally? This position will be left open until filled. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.
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MELAW Board
May 04, 2022
In Job Board
CLS is looking for an experienced Civil Litigation Staff Attorney to use their skills in litigation, mentorship, and collaboration as part of our statewide advocacy team working to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injustices in Washington.Our staff attorneys engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy and community engagement, and CLS civil litigation cases are conducted collaboratively with a team of attorneys and legal support staff. This position will play a key and collaborative role on such teams, providing mentorship to less experienced attorneys and participating in joint decision-making processes. The current starting salary range for an attorney with 7-15 years of experience is $75,221 - $87,787, which increases with years of experience and is expected to be adjusted upward through collective bargaining by the time this position is hired. We also offer a comprehensive compensation package including 14 paid holidays, 15-20 vacation days and 3-5 personal days depending on years of experience, sabbatical, and sick leave as well as employer paid health care for the individual and subsidized for dependents. We also offer a 403(b) retirement benefit with employer contribution and a match, disability and life insurance, a subsidized transit pass, an employee wellness program, and student loan assistance (for qualifying staff). You can find the job description attached or on our website: https://columbialegal.org/get-involved/
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MELAW Board
Apr 29, 2022
In Scholarships
2022 Kate Seabright Scholarship KABA is pleased and honored to announce it will be continuing the Kate Seabright Scholarship for a fourth consecutive year. This scholarship will provide $3,000-$8,000 to one or two law students attending law school in Washington State who demonstrate commitment to advocating for mental health awareness, promoting volunteerism, and increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. This scholarship will be awarded in the memory and honor of Kate Seabright. Funding for the scholarship is made possible through donations from Kate’s parents, Mike Seabright and Margaret Ahn Seabright, and her law firm, Fox Rothschild LLP. Kate was a leader in the legal profession and in her law firm, dedicated to serving the Asian American legal community, and unwavering in her support of marginalized communities. Above all, Kate was an incredibly compassionate young woman, whose kindness and integrity will always be remembered. Application information is available on the attached application form, as well as KABA’s website here: https://www.kaba-washington.org/kate-seabright-scholarship Deadline: May 20, 2022 Please direct any questions to kabawascholarships@gmail.com
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MELAW Board
Apr 29, 2022
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The Administrative Office of the Courts is currently recruiting for: COURT PROGRAM ANALYST (Courthouse Facilitators Initiative) (ASD, Office of Court Innovation) Job #: 2022-26 Status: Regular, Full-Time Location: Olympia, Washington Salary: Range 64: $67,560 - $88,644 per year (Depending on Qualifications) Opens: April 25, 2022 Closes: May 11, 2022. AOC reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. For more information about the position and how to apply, click here<https://governmentjobs.com/careers/courtswa>.
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MELAW Board
Apr 27, 2022
In Scholarships
2022-2023 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (WADA) intends to award at least one scholarship of $2000 to a law student who has a disability and shown commitment to helping promote meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the legal profession. 2022-2023 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS In order to apply for the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association’s Scholarship, please submit the following materials: 1. An essay (500 words or less) a. Tell us about your experience with disability or the disability community, and b. Explain why you are attending law school and what you envision as your future as an attorney or with your law degree 2. Your GPA and resume (feel free to include a statement if you want to explain any issues with the GPA); 3. Two letters of recommendation (from persons not related to you); Submit the application and all supporting materials by June 30th, 2022, to the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association at admin@wadaweb.org with “SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION” in the subject line. Decisions will be made by August 11, 2022. Applicants grant unrestricted right to reproduce, publish, modify (not substantively alter), transmit, and otherwise use submitted materials. Please contact Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association for any questions or more information. WADA is a minority bar association serving as the voice of attorneys and law students with disabilities in the state of Washington. It is non-profit and tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). WADA’s mission is to promote the meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the legal profession; to eliminate the barriers to inclusion in the legal profession experienced by people with disabilities; and to promote the careers and professional development of WADA’s membership through mentorship, networking, alliances, and cultivation of a strong and vibrant community.
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