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  • 08/07/2020 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    United States District Court

    Western District of Washington

    Public Notice for Appointment of United States Magistrate Judge

    August 3, 2020

    The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington seeks applicants to fill the vacant magistrate judge position.  The magistrate judge duty station will be Seattle, Washington.  The position is available starting May 1, 2021.

    The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging, and include the following:

    (1)  Conduct most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases including initial appearances, detention and preliminary hearings, and change of plea hearings.

    (2)  Issue search and seizure warrants.

    (3)  Conduct trials and sentencing hearings in misdemeanor cases.

    (4)  Preside over civil matters upon referral from a United States District Judge, including prisoner civil rights cases, federal habeas corpus petitions, a high volume of Social Security appeals, and other civil matters such as discovery disputes. 

    (5)  Conduct settlement conferences.

    (6)  Preside over civil cases upon consent of the parties, including jury trial and entry of final judgment.

    The basic authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636.

    To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:

    1.    Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years (with some substitutes authorized);

    2.    Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness;

    3.    Be less than seventy years old; and

    4.    Not be related to a judge of the district court.

    A merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review all applicants and recommend to the district judges, in confidence, the five persons the panel considers best qualified for the position.  The court will make the appointment following a FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the applicant selected by the court.  An affirmative effort will be made to give due consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age (40 and over), gender, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.  The current annual salary of the position is $199,088.  The term of office is eight years with the possibility of renewal.

    Application forms and more information on the magistrate judge position in this court may be obtained from the district court executive/clerk of the court via the court’s Internet website at www.wawd.uscourts.gov.  Applications must be submitted only by applicants personally and must be received on or before September 25, 2020.

    The individual selected for this position must comply with the financial disclosure requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. No. 95-521, 92 Stat. 1824 (1978) (codified at 5 U.S.C. app. §§ 101-111).

    All applications will be kept confidential, except for the committee’s contact with references.  All applications will be examined only by members of the merit selection panel and the judges of the district court.  The panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.

    Applicants should send their application materials, including a cover letter, the job application form, and a writing sample to:

    William M. McCool

    District Court Executive/Clerk of Court

    United States District Court

    Western District of Washington

    700 Stewart Street, Room 2310

    Seattle, WA 98101

    Attention – Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel

    Or via email to: magistratejudgeapplication@wawd.uscourts.gov


  • 08/07/2020 1:28 PM | Anonymous
    Position Description

    The Seattle City Attorney’s Office seeks an attorney with substantial experience in employment law and litigation to join ten other Assistant City Attorneys, four paralegals, and three legal assistants in the Employment Section. Our attorneys play a critical role in addressing legal issues arising from Seattle’s diverse workforce of over 10,000 employees in a variety of City departments. Employment Section attorneys are generalists in the field of labor and employment, and handle all aspects of litigation in state court, federal court, and administrative forums.
     
    Day-to-day work in the Employment Section is dynamic and fast-paced. Attorneys are responsible for all aspects of the litigation, including setting strategy, discovery, preparing and arguing motions, overseeing mediation and settlement, and taking cases to trial and through any appeal. We take a collaborative, team-oriented approach to litigation and advice work essential for building effective teams and relationships with City Departments and their leadership. Employment attorneys implement the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative in all aspects of their work. 
     
    In addition to this opportunity to join a team that is dedicated to public service, the City Attorney’s Office offers a generous benefit program which includes paid leave benefits, paid parental and family leave, low cost health benefits, and the opportunity to participate in a defined benefit retirement program.
     

    Job Responsibilities
    • Litigation: Defense of the City of Seattle in labor and employment matters before federal court, state court, and administrative agencies.
    • Advice: Legal counsel to City policy makers, departmental leadership, and human resources professionals, and labor negotiators.
    • Race and Social Justice: Collaborative work with clients to bring about social change and workforce equity, guided by RSJI and anti-racist principles.
    Qualifications

    To be successful in this role, you will need to be an independent employment attorney with significant litigation abilities. 

    This includes:

    • Expertise in employment law including traditional labor law and workers compensation
    • Ability to first-chair complex litigation and appeals
    • Skill in providing sophisticated, nuanced employment and legal advice to executives, managers, and elected officials
    • Ability to work collaboratively and independently with a wide variety of matters simultaneously
    • Experience in applying policies and practices related to equity
    This position requires membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association, or ability to obtain membership within four months upon offer. Additional Information

    Please Note: The Seattle City Attorney's Office seeks to set salaries based on objective measures of experience. Salaries are not subject to negotiation.

    Our office is abiding by public health guidelines and maximizing telework arrangements for our employees except for necessary essential in-person work through January 8, 2021. The selected candidate will work with their direct supervisor on alternatives to meet workload requirements while considering public health guidelines during this time frame.

    For your application to be accepted, you must:

    • complete the online application;
    • attach a resume;
    • attach a cover letter;
    • provide a legal writing sample that is less than 10 pages. This can be an excerpt from a larger sample.
    For questions regarding the Seattle City Attorney's Office, this position, or the application process, please contact Bridget Lamp, HR Specialist, at 206-684-8228 or bridget.lamp@seattle.gov. If you have trouble uploading required attachments, please reach out prior to the closing date and time.


  • 08/07/2020 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    The Attorney General’s Honors Program is the largest and most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind and our Summer Law Intern Program is the Department’s competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. The online application for both programs opened on July 31 and closes on September 8, 2020. Please see the links above for more information about the programs, including participating offices, number of available positions, eligibility criteria, and answers to frequently asked questions.

     


  • 08/06/2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous

     Attend a ‘for free register’ Webinar on the timely topic of: “Is Covid-19 bringing women lawyers’ careers back to the 1950s?”  According to recent research professional women’s working hours have decreased by one third as compared to professional men as a result of the unequal domestic burden brought on by the pandemic. It is therefore crucial to create a constructive forum for dialogue so please join and invite your colleagues and peer legal professionals:

     

    NORTH AMERICA time friendly Webinar 2:
    August 6th (Thursday), US Eastern Standard Time: 12.00pm (noon)-1.30pm
    Free to attend registration link: 
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5411244685164322832

    Panelists include:

    • Christina Blacklaws, Consultant, Blacklaws Consulting Ltd., former President, Law Society of England & Wales
    • Barbara Becker, Partner and Chair of the firm-wide Diversity Committee, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    • Connie Brenton, Chief of Staff/ Sr. Director, Legal Operations, NetApp
    • Crystal Lalime, General Counsel of Global Markets, Credit Suisse
    • Kate Broer, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
    • Linda Myers, Partner & founder of Women’s Leadership Initiative, Kirkland & Ellis
    • Pallavi Mehta Wahi, Co-United States and Seattle Managing Partner, Chair of Firmwide Diversity Committee, K&L Gates LLP
    • Patricia Lee “Trish” Refo, President-elect, American Bar Association
    • Patrick Dransfield, Co-Director, In-House Community
    • Sonja S. Weissman, Partner, Reed Smith


  • 07/28/2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Ms. Jill Wine-Banks’ book, "The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President," has been described as “All the President's Men Meets Hidden Figures". It is a fascinating and deeply personal account of her experience as the only woman on the prosecution team in the obstruction of justice trial against President Nixon’s top aides.  She describes both her experience breaking sexist barriers in what was viewed as a man’s profession and the intrigue of the Nixon investigation. This was the era when men were men but women were girls.

    The parallels between the crimes of Richard Nixon and today’s headlines are profound.  Jill Wine- Banks has a view of history and knowledge of current events to add perspective to today’s politic
    al issues. Jill is currently an MSNBC Legal Analyst, regularly providing legal analysis and commentary. She appears on PBS, Rachel Maddow and other MSNBC programs, network news, Sirus/XM, podcasts and many other programs. She also lectures at law schools, universities and numerous professional groups.
     

    The webinar will be held online via ZOOM. If you cannot access ZOOM there will be an option to join by telephone. RSVP by submitting the online form to receive the Zoom link/telephone number before the day of the webinar.


    Register here.


  • 07/17/2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous


  • 07/01/2020 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Council of the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law is proud to announce our participation in the “21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge,” and we invite LEL Section members to join us. The 21-Day Challenge was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression.

    Our Section will begin the 21-Day Challenge on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for racial equity. It transcends our roles as lawyers. It is, of course, completely voluntary to do, and participation in the Challenge shall not be construed as agreement with every word of every assignment nor a commitment by any person to a particular professional position or strategy. Further, participants are free to opt out of participating along the way. There is no grade at the end of the Challenge.

    The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that include readings, videos or podcasts. It has been intentionally crafted to focus on the Black American experience. The assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of Black history, identity and culture, and to the Black community’s experience of racism in America. Even this focus on Black Americans cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the Black community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community of color. This syllabus is but an introduction to what we hope will be a rewarding journey that extends far beyond the limits of this project.

    If you plan to participate in the Challenge and would like to add your name to the Section’s list of colleagues who are doing so, please send a message to the Section office.

     

    https://www.americanbar.org/groups/labor_law/membership/equal_opportunity/?fbclid=IwAR1VLm43YQ1M6OeDXjhSGw7PFFtmkrzfXSHgHIdlb6cooN2wV81B-f3Wq-I


  • 07/01/2020 7:57 AM | Anonymous

    A big thanks to everyone who was able to join us for the live premiere of our Online Pride Extravaganza and everyone who's tuned in since! If you haven't had a chance to watch yet, the program will remain available for you to watch any time here


  • 06/03/2020 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    Judge Lori K. Smith (Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One) is accepting applications for an unpaid summer externship beginning in mid/late June (with end date flexible).  The extern will primarily assist with research, writing, and drafting and finalizing memoranda and opinions.

    Click here to learn more about Judge Smith.

    Click here to learn more about the Washington State Court of Appeals.



    To apply, please email the following to elaine.asaidali@courts.wa.gov<mailto:elaine.asaidali@courts.wa.gov> no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12:


      *  Cover letter

      *  Resume

      *  Law school transcript (unofficial is fine)

      *  Self-edited writing sample

      *  List of two professional references, with contact information

      *  One letter of recommendation


    Interviews are anticipated to take place remotely the week of June 15.


  • 06/03/2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Starbucks Corporation Law & Corporate Affairs Department 2020-2021 Diversity Mentorship Program

    Please note that the deadline to submit an application has been extended to Wednesday, July 15th.


    Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Department is pleased to invite mentee participants for our Starbucks Diversity Mentorship Program. This program will connect Starbucks in-house lawyers with junior attorneys from diverse backgrounds in one-to-one mentorship relationships. Starbucks legal department boasts one of the most experienced and diverse groups of attorneys in the region, and our lawyers are excited to share their insights into learning the practice of law, navigating legal work environments, and strategies for future career development.

    Following a virtual kick-off reception for incoming mentees and their mentors, this program will foster direct, informal interactions over a one-year period to help diverse junior attorneys connect and network in the community of legal professionals. The program is open to all lawyers in their first four years of practice who are active members of one or more minority bar associations or diversity affinity groups.


    If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Nadine Struwe at nstruwe@starbucks.com by Wednesday, July 1, 2020. In your cover letter, please identify your current area of practice (and your desired area, if different), your general interest in receiving mentoring, and the minority bar association(s) or affinity group(s) to which you belong. If you have any questions, please direct them to Nadine Struwe, and one of our committee chairs will follow up with you. 

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