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  • 08/04/2020 8:47 PM | Anonymous

    About the Office: 

    United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Western District of Washington is responsible for representing the federal government in virtually all litigation in the Western District of Washington (WDWA) that involves the United States in some way. A large portion of the work involves criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law. The office also handles civil lawsuits by or against a Department or agency of the United States, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers.  The  USAO is divided into two litigating Divisions (Criminal and Civil). The main office is located in Seattle, Washington and a branch office is located in Tacoma, Washington.  The office has an authorized strength of approximately 74 Assistant United States Attorneys.

    Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified individuals from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

    Job Description: 

    The Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal Division pursue prosecutions for violations of federal law that occur within the District. Criminal Division Assistant United States Attorneys advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and at times represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    The attorneys hired for these positions will be assigned to criminal matters involving various areas of federal criminal law.  These positions may be located in either the Seattle or Tacoma Offices.  Applicants should   state their preference of office location in the cover letter. Further, any applicant hired for a position to be located in the Tacoma Office should anticipate spending the first several months in the position working at   the Seattle office for training.  Work in the Tacoma office also requires periodic travel to Seattle as needed for casework and additional training.

    Qualifications: 

    The applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. experience. Ideal qualifications include at least five years of post-J.D. litigation experience, with some experience in criminal law.

    Applicants must demonstrate a quick analytical ability and an ability to synthesize a wide range of data, help direct an investigation and have the ability to accurately and precisely articulate the critical issues in a case. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills, strong research and interpersonal skills, and good judgment.  Applicants must possess excellent communication and courtroom skills, and exhibit     the ability to work in a supportive and professional manner with other attorneys, support staff and client agencies. Applicants must have a demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment and in the highest ethical manner.

    Applicants will be expected to do their own legal research and writing, and will be substantially self-sufficient in preparing day-to-day correspondence and pleadings.  Applicants also must demonstrate excellent computer literacy skills to include experience with Internet research, electronic court filing, electronic mail and data management, word processing, and video-conferencing systems.

    Salary: 

    $70,120 to $170,700.00.

    Travel: 

    Occasional travel within and outside the District will be required.

    Application Process: 

    Interested persons must email the following items in pdf format to the email address listed below:

    USAWAW.Hiring@usdoj.gov

    Brian T. Moran

    United States Attorney

    c/o Tessa M.  Gorman

    First Assistant United States Attorney

    700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220

    Seattle, Washington 98101

     

    1.   A cover letter referencing Vacancy Announcement: 20-WDWA-AUSA-04 (Criminal- Seattle/Tacoma)

    2.   A detailed resume that includes the month/year start and end dates for each position held;

    3.   A law school transcript for any applicant with less than five years of experience as an attorney;   and

    4.   A writing sample meeting the criteria set forth below

    Writing Sample:  Include a sample of your legal writing, such as a portion or all of an appellate brief,    motion and memorandum of points and authorities, or opinion letter. The writing sample should be a recent example of your work and demonstrate your ability to analyze legal issues and present that analysis in   written form.

    The sample should be predominantly your own work. If the document was edited by others, include a cover memo that briefly describes the level of editing that occurred.

    Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.

    Application Deadline: 

    Monday, August 17, 2020

    Relocation Expenses: 

    Relocation expenses are not authorized.

    Number of Positions: 

    1+

    Updated August 3, 2020

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    Department Policies

    Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, pregnancy, status as a parent, or any other nonmerit-based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

    Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

    Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

     

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    This and other vacancy announcements can be found under Attorney Vacancies and Volunteer Legal Internships. The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.


  • 08/04/2020 8:45 PM | Anonymous

    ORGANIZATION                                                                                                                                                                                      

    The YWCA is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world. Our mission at the YWCA: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Since 1913 the YWCA of Spokane has served as a source of strength for women and children in the Spokane community. Supported by an excellent Board, management team and staff, the YWCA is the region’s provider of comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence.

    The YWCA Spokane’s Domestic Violence Legal Services team provides free family law advice, representation, and referral to survivors of domestic violence with civil legal issues in Spokane, Ferry, Whitman, Pend Oreille and Stevens Counties. This combination of services increases victims' chances of permanently and safely ending their domestic violence relationship and establishing lives free of violence. YWCA Spokane’s legal program is able to help individuals experiencing domestic violence with a wide variety of related legal issues including; Divorce/Legal Separation, Child Custody/Parenting Plans, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Modifications, Contempt, Paternity, Address Confidentiality Program and Protection Orders.

     

    JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY                     

    The YWCA Spokane has an exciting leadership position for an experienced and energetic attorney to serve as its next

    Director of Legal Services. This self-directed leader will be responsible for providing both direct client representation and leadership, direction and support to the YWCA’s legal team.

     

    PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Primary job duties are to provide legal services for domestic violence victims and to provide administration and supervision of YWCA legal program, grants and staff. This position may be assigned to some or all of the following responsibilities:

            Provide brief legal services and direct representation for victims of domestic violence petitioning for civil orders of protection, divorce, child custody, and related family law matters. 

            Oversee the delivery of high quality legal services by implementing best practices in service delivery, ensuring legal staff receives training and mentorship and adheres to the highest standards of legal and professional ethics.

            Mentor legal staff in the development of best practices, case strategy, monitoring caseloads, ensuring case coverage and compliance with case management protocols.

            Lead, direct and guide the team by setting clear performance expectations, providing direct performance feedback and creating opportunities for ongoing growth and development

            Monitor and ensure compliance with all funding requirements of department’s federal, state and private grants

            Ensure legal services team and partners meet all contractual deliverables, coordinate grants and contracts reporting requirements, and ensure compliance with programmatic, administrative and budget goals.

            Build and maintain effective relationships with partner service organizations including Inland Northwest Legal Assistance Collaborative partner agencies in Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman, Ferry and Kootenai counties.

     

    POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

     

    Education/Experience: 

            Juris Doctorate required

            Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field preferred

            Admitted to the Washington State Bar

            Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in non-profit program management and/or legal services

            Minimum of 2 years family law experience

            Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience

            Minimum of 2 years working with survivors of domestic violence preferred         Understanding of the civil and criminal court systems

     

    COMPENSATION

    Starting Pay: $65,000 to $70,000 Annually, DOE

    Full time position: 40 hours per week, full time, Exempt

     

    BENEFITS

    The YWCA Spokane offers a competitive benefits package including; 

           Medical, dental and vision insurance 

           Short term and Long Term Disability

           Paid time off 

           Paid holidays 

           Employee Assistance Program  

           Employer funded retirement plan 

     

    *Benefit eligibility dependent upon employment status. 

     

    HOW TO APPLY  

    Please apply by submitting your RESUME and a COVER LETTER to ywcajobs@ywcaspokane.org 

     

    YWCA of Spokane is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


  • 07/29/2020 11:10 AM | Anonymous

    Presides over and adjudicates court and jury trials for

    City of Lakewood and  City of University Place, City of DuPont and Town of Steilacoom

    This recruitment is to fill the unexpired term of the Municipal Court Judge.  The current 4-year term expires December 31, 2021.


  • 07/29/2020 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    STAFF ATTORNEY

    Req #: 180721
    Department: STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES
    Job Location: Seattle Campus
    Posting Date: 07/15/2020 
    Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
    Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
    Shift: First Shift 
    As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

    UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years. 

    Student Legal Services has an outstanding opportunity for a Staff Attorney.  Student Legal Services provides a safe and confidential space for UW-Seattle students who have legal questions or concerns. We assist students with immigration matters, landlord/tenant questions, domestic violence protection orders, estate planning documents, discrimination claims, criminal cases, name and gender marker changes, and traffic tickets, among other services. We provide free 40-minute consultations and students can hire SLS for a low hourly fee for ongoing representation.

    This position is responsible for supervising third year law students in a broad range of practice areas. Primary legal responsibility for the landlord/tenant, family law, and criminal law case load as well as other issues areas depending on experience. Provides support to the Directing Attorney in support of the program operations.

    Responsibilities

    Deliver indirect (through Rule 9 licensed legal interns) and direct legal services to clients throughout the calendar year as needed, including during exam periods and academic breaks.

    Assist in the development and interpretation of policies that relate to Student Legal Services clients and case acceptance. Work cooperatively with HUB administration staff, especially in payroll and budgetary matters.

    Assist in selecting, training, supervising, and evaluating a staff consisting of seven to eight part-time Rule 9 licensed legal interns (third year law students with a limited license from the Washington Supreme Court that authorizes them to practice law under attorney supervision) and two part-time undergraduate legal assistants during autumn, winter, and spring quarters, and one full-time licensed legal intern and one part-time undergraduate legal assistant during summer quarter. The Staff Attorney will split direct supervision responsibilities of these interns and student assistants as follows:

    •Provide day-to-day supervision and regular evaluation of three to four licensed legal interns who furnish legal services to currently enrolled UW-Seattle undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Coordinate back-up supervision if needed by private volunteer attorneys who serve as Rule 9 supervising attorneys.
    •Provide day-to-day supervision and regular evaluation of one undergraduate legal assistant who provides office support for client scheduling and training. Each legal assistant also has responsibility for one or more of the specialty areas below.


    The Staff Attorney will take lead responsibility for two to three of the following areas:

    •Recruitment and Hiring: Oversee the recruitment and hiring processes of the Rule 9 licensed legal interns and undergraduate legal assistants.
    •Training and Meetings: Provide training for Rule 9 Licensed Legal Interns and undergraduate legal assistants, regarding the Rules of Professional Conduct and other areas of law. Attend all staff meetings to provide additional guidance and instruction to Rule 9 Licensed Legal Interns and undergraduate legal assistants.
    •Budget Management: Prepare and manage operating and capital budgets.  Present annual operating and capital budget requests to the Services and Activities Fee Committee.
    •Outreach: Coordinate and present workshops to student groups on issues of interest such as immigration law, landlord-tenant issues, family law, criminal law, traffic, employment, income tax, contract law, and legal careers. Develop and promote marketing materials and participate in advocacy efforts.
    •Office Technology: Prepare office usage statistics. Identify sources of legal referrals and law office technology. Oversee client files and intake process on Clio Grow, Clio Manage, and/or eImmigration.
    •Office Operations: Assist in office operations as requested by management including but not limited to: manage office supplies, document retention, client files, personnel records, client trust account, and client billing protocols (including responding to requests for waiver or reductions in hourly billing rates in matters with ongoing representation).


    Maintain collegial relations with faculty and staff of UW School of Law, especially clinical law program and career services.


    Related duties as assigned.

    As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

    Qualifications
    •Law degree from an ABA-accredited law school, or successful completion of APR 6 Law Clerk Program.
    •Admitted to practice law in Washington State. Active member of a state bar association in good standing.
    •Three years of active experience practicing law or serving in judicial or administrative law capacities including at least two years experience working on criminal law, family law, and/or landlord/tenant issues.
    •Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required.
    •Experience working collegially in teams with people from a variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual, gender, and generational backgrounds.
    •Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.
    •Possesses a strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; and builds a diverse workforce.
    •Experience hiring and supervising staff.
    •Ability to work collaboratively with the Directing Attorney.

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

    Preferred Qualifications
    •Five years of active experience in Washington State practicing law or serving in judicial or administrative law capacities.
    •Experience working with domestic violence survivors in obtaining protection orders.
    •Experience at all stages of criminal defense from arraignment through trial.
    •Participation in state, local, specialty, or minority bar associations.
    •Bilingual or multilingual, especially in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Portuguese, American Sign Language, French, Farsi, and/or Arabic.
    •Welcoming and friendly demeanor; appreciative and respectful of all cultures and beliefs.
    •Experience working with young adults and a diverse client population.
    •Experience serving the legal needs of young adult, multi-lingual, or vulnerable, populations.
    •Interest in an energetic and challenging work environment.
    •Values working cooperatively with other campus and community allies.
    •Knowledge of legal resources.


    Supervision

    General supervision received from the Student Legal Services Directing Attorney.


    Anticipated start date: mid-September 2020

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
    REQUIREMENTS:
    Priority reviews of applicants will be given to those who submit applications by August 5,2020.

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


  • 07/29/2020 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    New!  AAG - Revenue and Finance  (DL:  8/2/2020)

    The Revenue and Finance Division has an immediate opening for an AAG to represent the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). The DRS is the state agency that administers all statewide public pension systems and the Deferred Compensation program. This is a unique opportunity for an attorney to work on complex administrative and court pension litigation and appeals, including class actions, and advise DRS on all aspects of state and federal pension and pension-related tax law. The division's attorneys litigate before various administrative boards, Washington superior and appellate courts, and federal courts.


    New!  AAG - Olympia Social and Health Services (DCY)  (DL: 8/10/2020)

    The Social and Health Services Olympia Division has an opening for an AAG in the seven-attorney Children, Youth, and Families Headquarters Section, located in Olympia. The section has several major areas of responsibility, which include: Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) headquarters advice and representation; policy support to the AGO when needed on child care, early learning, and child welfare issues; statewide juvenile litigation and appellate coordination; and coordination of training for juvenile litigation AAGs.

     

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    Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.

    The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or 
    www.washingtonrelay.com
    .


  • 07/16/2020 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    Supervisory Attorney (Section Research Manager)

    Open and Close Dates: 06/03/2020 to 07/20/2020

    Salary: $142,701 to $170,800 per year

     

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS), American Law Division (ALD) is seeking a Supervisory Attorney (Section Research Manager).

     

    The Supervisory Attorney for the American Law Division (ALD) of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) leads a section of ALD legislative attorneys who advise Members of Congress, congressional committees, and their staffs on legal questions of national and international significance.

     

    Service to Congress:  Directs and supervises the legal research, analysis, and writing by a section of ALD legislative attorneys for Congress on questions of national or international importance that arise during the legislative process. Through critical review, ensures that legal research, analysis, and writing is objective, authoritative, nonpartisan, timely, and accessible; reflects the congressional agenda; and responds to the legislative needs of Congress. Establishes and maintains relationships with Members of Congress and congressional committees and staff.

     

    Projects and Collaboration:  Directly supervises a section of ALD legislative attorneys as well as multiple subject matter teams of ALD legislative attorneys and may, as directed by the ALD Assistant/Deputy Assistant Director (AD/DAD), design, organize, coordinate, and implement major  projects, programs, and initiatives related to sensitive and complex legal questions of national or international importance. Coordinates and collaborates with counterparts in other CRS divisions to design, develop, and implement multidisciplinary projects, programs, and initiatives related to sensitive and complex legal questions and public policies of national or international significance. 

     

    Administrative:  Advises and assists the ALD AD/DAD on all facets of division administration. Contributes to and helps develop CRS-wide strategic goals and priorities. Ensures that ALD staff accommodate the changing needs of Congress and congressional committees and staff.  Leads staff in achieving the Library’s and CRS’s visions, missions, and goals by managing performance, communicating priorities and management initiatives effectively, fostering continuous improvement and innovation, building and maintaining relationships, and leveraging diversity and inclusiveness. Oversees ALD staff’s implementation of CRS policies. Exhibits commitment to the Supervisor Core Competencies of the Library of Congress.

     

    The Supervisory Attorney’s responsibilities will include:

    • Ensuring that attorneys produce objective, authoritative, and nonpartisan analysis that enables Congress to assess legal issues that inform the legislative agenda, congressional oversight of executive agencies, and the scope of Congress’s power;
    • Utilizing a knowledge of constitutional and administrative law, critically reviewing written analyses produced by legislative attorneys to ensure accuracy, authoritativeness, objectivity, and overall quality;
    • Identifying and coordinating legal research and analysis conducted by the section on matters of legislative importance and, as directed by the AD/DAD of ALD, engaging in such functions for division-wide projects;
    • Proactively establishing relationships with committees of jurisdiction, building long-term relationships with clients, and taking initiative to seek out new congressional contacts for CRS;
    • Managing congressional requests for legal analysis from attorneys in the section;
    • Collaborating with other managers to ensure an integrative approach to the work by identifying significant issues facing Congress, developing legal analytical approaches to address them, and applying appropriate resources;
    • Managing and supervising legislative attorneys, communicating performance standards/expectations to staff, assessing performance and giving feedback; and
    • Performing special assignments as directed by the AD/DAD.

     

    Candidates with management experience in high-pressure legal environments (e.g., in law firms or litigating on behalf of the federal government), who have strong interpersonal skills, and are capable of leading a highly motivated, talented team of attorneys committed to providing Congress nonpartisan, authoritative, objective legal analysis are encouraged to apply. Prior experience as a judicial clerk on a federal or state court may be beneficial. Prior experience in environmental or financial regulatory law is helpful, but not necessary.

     

    CRS works exclusively for Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency in the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource for over a century.  CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

     

    CRS is fully committed to workforce diversity.  Interested applicants must apply online at USAJOBS  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/569841700.   

     


  • 07/01/2020 9:52 AM | Anonymous

    Emerging Companies & Venture Capital - Associate Attorney – Midlevel to Senior

    Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

    Job #A20200301 – Seattle, Washington

    The Seattle office of Perkins Coie is seeking an experienced associate to join its market-leading Corporate group. The group's clients range from early stage startups to mature industry leaders and include many of the region's premier venture-backed and public companies. The group is experiencing strong growth and has particular need in the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice. Candidates should have solid academic credentials and at least 3 years of relevant experience. This is an excellent opportunity to join a collegial office environment while working closely with experienced practitioners on sophisticated matters at a national level.

    To apply, please click on the link below and attach your cover letter, resume, and law school transcript.

    APPLY HERE


  • 07/01/2020 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time paralegal toprovide litigation and administrative support for ACLU-WA’s litigation and legal advocacyefforts.

    OVERVIEW

    The ACLU of Washington is a nonpartisan public interest organization devoted to protecting and extending civil rights and civil liberties. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBTQ+ people, protecting privacy in the digital age,preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is principled and strategic, willing to take on tough civil liberties issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

    The ACLU of WA Legal Department is comprised of six staff attorneys, a legal fellow, an intake manager, a paralegal, and a legal assistant. The legal team takes on forty to fifty amicus briefs and cases a year in the state and federal courts that cover a variety of issues regarding civil rights and civil liberties.

    The ACLU of Washington is committed to ending racism in Washington State and throughout the country. This includes how we work with each other, and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are committed to bringing anti-racism to all aspects of ACLU-WA's internal and external functions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring and human resources, strategic planning, ally, donor, and volunteer relations, Board and committee processes, and deciding what cases to litigate. We are looking for candidates who share this commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.

    The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture and are committed to race equity in all aspects of our work. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status,  citizenship, disability, veteran status, socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or conviction. We do not conduct criminal background checks on our candidates.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Draft legal documents, including routine pleadings and motions, affidavits, and interrogatories; file motions and pleadings according to judicial procedures in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
    • Research court rules and other online sources of information. Analyze statutes, regulations, legal articles, judicial decisions, and other legal sources.
    • Investigate facts of active or potential cases through online research and submitting

    Public Records Acts requests.

    • Prepare and serve discovery documents and otherwise assist in the discovery process.
    • Potentially interview clients and witnesses and prepare summaries of their statements.
    • Prepare, organize, store, and retrieve case files, which may include evidence, exhibits, depositions, pleadings, exhibits, and other items.
    • Assist attorneys with trial preparation, which may include attending trials and hearings.
    • Maintain case files, attorneys’ correspondence files, and internal litigation tracking systems, including drafting case summaries and maintaining calendar of litigation deadlines and court dates.
    • Assist with maintenance of strong relationships with co-counsel and clients; maintain administrative relations with ACLU affiliates and other offices within National ACLU.
    • Perform other job-related special projects and other duties as assigned.
    • Participation in ACLU-WA’s race equity work. This may include utilizing ACLU-WA race equity tools, adopting ACLU-WA race equity practices, serving on the Race Equity Team or subcommittees, etc.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Ideal candidates will have an awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
    • Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and social justice, and race equity.
    • Comprehension of legal language and principles, research methods, court pleadings and processes, and other related matters.
    • Excellent attention to detail.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to perform legal research and create written analysis.
    • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet tight deadlines.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to function well in a high-paced and, at times, stressful environment.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality, and to exercise discretion and good judgment.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

    A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and/or professional paralegal certification with 3 plus years’ relevant experience OR 4 plus years’ progressive experience in a legal setting performing paralegal and/or legal research duties.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    The ACLU-WA’s staff of 40+ employees and numerous volunteers generally work in a standard office setting in downtown Seattle between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The physical demands described below represent those required to perform most of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

    • Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time.
    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods.
    • Ability to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
    • Ability to periodically work long and extended hours.
    • Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time.

    This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment.

    The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. This position is “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

    The ACLU of WA is dedicated to centering equity in all aspects of the organization and, as such, has adopted a salary scale for measuring how to best compensate its employees. The salary for this position is between $57,000 and $67,000. A range indicates the intention to accommodate those with varying years of relevant experience, as determined by the salary scale.

    Benefits include three weeks of vacation, twelve sick days, eleven holidays, fully paid employee medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, a generous retirement plan, and an ORCA card, the regional transportation pass.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE

    To apply, email a cover letter, and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org. Include in the subject line of the email your last name and Paralegal. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Please be prepared to provide three references upon request.


    Applications will be accepted until July 22, 2020, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers.

    The ACLU of Washington comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Foundation.

    The two corporations share the same overall mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of Washington”.


  • 07/01/2020 7:44 AM | Anonymous

    Closes July 6, 2020

    The Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible, volunteer-based legal services to low-income, residential tenants facing eviction in King County. Legal assistance is provided through counsel and advice, negotiated settlements, limited representation at Show Cause hearings, and/or referrals depending on tenants’ needs and financial eligibility.   Apply here.

    SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Reports to: Senior Staff Attorney, Housing Justice Project
    General Information: HJP Staff Attorneys participate in housing clinics located at the King County Superior Court and Maleng Regional Justice Center as well as the HJP Hotline created in response to the COVID crisis. Staff Attorneys supervise volunteer attorneys, represent clients at show cause hearings, appeals, and trials. Staff Attorneys participate in workshops and evening outreach events.  Staff attorneys also assist with policy work, lobbying, and legislative activities. This is a full-time position requiring some local travel within King County to the Kent and Seattle courthouses as well as to meetings and various outreach activities.

    Advocacy:

    • Direct client representation, appeals, trials, and other civil litigation
    • Work with Senior Staff Attorney to develop and meet priorities and program goals
    • Work with, train and mentor volunteers to provide legal advice and limited representation to tenants
    • Pursue legislative and policy changes
    • Implement creative advocacy for tenant’s rights
    • Oversee and maintain quality of client advocacy by volunteers
    • Arrange and participate in weekly case review
    • Assist HJP staff with case referral and management as needed
    • Keep up with legislative and regulatory changes

    Administrative and Supervisory:

    • Review and oversee data input in Legal Server data management system
    • Prepare reports, data, articles, and communications both for internal and community distribution
    • Assist and participate in the development of staff attorney and volunteer training materials and trainings
    • Help recruit, train, mentor and supervise volunteer legal assistants and attorneys
    • Work with KCBA’s Home Base program and Social Worker to refer cases for rent stabilization fund

    Outreach and Collaboration:

    • Update community resources for client use and distribution
    • Develop new partnerships with community agencies
    • Develop educational outreach materials
    • Develop outreach information regarding homelessness prevention to community groups, agencies, housing partners, and related audiences
    • Other duties as may be assigned

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Licensed to practice law and in good standing  in Washington state
    • Experience with civil procedure, courtroom protocol, and rules of evidence
    • Experience in housing law including courtroom and trial experience
    • Familiarity with affordable housing programs
    • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to track and consistently meet deadlines
    • Demonstrated ability to train, supervise, and mentor volunteer attorneys and maintain quality program control
    • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing issues facing low-income and vulnerable people
    • Strong communication skills and ability to motivate and lead
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people
    • Demonstrated ability to work with limited-English proficient clients and clients with physical or mental disabilities
    • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
    • Ability to analyze information quickly and work well in a fast-paced environment
    • Creative problem solving and mediation skills
    • Proficiency with technology including MS Word, case management systems, Excel, and Outlook

    SCHEDULE, TRAVEL, & SALARY:

    This is an exempt full-time position requiring occasional local travel within King County.  Salary range is $58,000 - $61,000 yearly, DOE with excellent benefits.  Benefits include employer-paid healthcare, 401k plan with automatic employer contribution, subsidized transit pass, flexible spending account, professional development opportunities, paid vacation and sick leave and more. 

     


  • 05/22/2020 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    Costco Wholesale seeks an experienced employment attorney to join the legal team at its headquarters in Issaquah, Washington. Costco is one of the world’s top retailers, with over 160,000 US employees and over 240,000 employees globally.  This role will be responsible for providing day-to-day advice and support to Costco’s U.S. Operations and Human Resources on employee terminations, performance management, investigations, leaves of absence, accommodations, wage/hour compliance, and other employment-related matters consistent with Costco’s employee handbook (Employee Agreement), policies, and unique culture. The attorney will also supervise outside counsel on litigation matters and will support HR in responding to charges of discrimination before federal and state agencies. This position will report directly to the Corporate Counsel for employment matters.

     Responsibilities:

    ·       Provides support to Costco’s U.S. Operations and HR on employment matters and compliance with Costco’s Employee Agreement and other employment-related policies. 

    ·       Supervises internal investigations related to employment matters. 

    ·       Assists HR in investigating and responding to charges of discrimination filed with federal and state agencies.

    ·       Drives compliance efforts related to the Company’s personnel and payroll policies and procedures.

    ·       Reviews and advises Operations and HR on developments in federal, state and local employment legislation, regulation, and enforcement.

    ·       Monitors, manages, and reviews work and expenditures by outside counsel to ensure quality and efficacy of legal services.

     Qualifications:

    ·       Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.

    ·       Admission in good standing to practice law in at least one U.S. state and eligible to practice as in-house counsel in the State of Washington.

    ·       At least ten years of substantive employment law counseling and litigation management experience acquired in a law firm or an in-house legal department, with some in-house experience preferred.

    ·       Thorough understanding of and experience in all areas of employment law, including leave and accommodation, discrimination, wage and hour/pay equity, and contingent workforce matters. 

    ·       Excellent business judgment and ability to assess legal risk while providing practical, business-oriented advice. 

    ·       Demonstrated ability to independently manage a diverse and complex workload while maintaining priorities and anticipating issues.

    ·       Exceptional written and oral communication skills for dealing with lawyers and non-lawyers.

    ·       Excellent legal research and analytical skills. 

    ·       Ability and desire to work both autonomously and collaboratively.

    ·       Strong execution and project management skills and ability to harness stakeholders from across the organization on cross-functional projects.

    At Costco, you will build a long-lasting career in a renowned culture where the Company is committed to taking care of its employees, members, and suppliers.  You will be empowered to independently drive results and feel good about what you are helping to build.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Gardner at sgardner@costco.com.


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