The Public Defender Association (PDA) is looking for a Staff Attorney to provide legal services to Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) clients and advocate for criminal legal system reform through the Racial Disparity Project (RDP). PDA seeks an attorney motivated to help those most frequently disadvantaged by existing criminal legal and social service systems, including those with disabilities and people of color.
The Staff Attorney will assist LEAD clients in a widely-varied legal practice, ranging from criminal and eviction defense to family law. Although broad legal experience is preferred, the most important characteristics applicants can possess are the ability to independently and efficiently learn new legal practice areas and strong legal research and writing skills. Through RDP, the Staff Attorney will assist with impact and appellate litigation, policy advocacy, and King County inquest representation. Qualified candidates will enjoy developing creative legal and policy approaches to address the harms created by conventional responses to crime and public order issues.
PDA advocates for criminal legal system reform and develops alternatives that shift from a punishment paradigm to a system that supports individual and community health. Grounding reform in a public health and safety framework, PDA develops new strategies and implements models that improve on conventional responses to crime and public order issues. In collaboration with community and government partners, PDA uses policy advocacy, organizing, litigation, and public education to achieve its goals.
The Staff Attorney will offer trauma-informed legal services to clients in the LEAD. The attorney will offer representation across the wide range of LEAD participants’ legal needs (family law, criminal defense, housing, etc.). LEAD clients face a variety of challenges, including homelessness, mental illness, and substance use, that can complicate their ability to engage with legal services. Legal services will be provided through the principles of harm-reduction—meeting clients where they are, in a way that is responsive to their specific needs. The attorney will work closely with client case managers at Evergreen Treatment Services to ensure that the legal representation plan closely aligns with the client’s broader social service goals.
The Staff Attorney will be expected to advance criminal legal system reform through the Racial Disparity Project. Current legal & policy focus areas include police accountability, drug user health, criminal sentencing reform, and ending criminal-legal monetary sanctions. Advocacy will utilize a variety of tactics, including direct representation, appellate advocacy, community organizing, and lobbying.
The Staff Attorney will work with a team of five attorneys and one paralegal.
PDA’s office is located in Seattle, WA. Although the office remains open for necessary in-person work, staff currently work largely remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person work may be required if necessary to provide legal services. If in-person work is required, PDA will provide all appropriate personal protective equipment. Travel within Washington may be required.
After the COVID-19 pandemic, PDA may return to in-person work, adopt a hybrid model, or remain primarily work-from-home.
· Member, in good-standing, of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA); or ability to quickly obtain APR 8(c) admission, with full WSBA admission by Summer 2021.
· The ability to independently and efficiently learn new legal practice areas and offer representation with a high level of competence.
· Strong legal research and writing skills are required and will be critical to the attorney’s success in this position.
· Although no applicant will have experience in all expected areas of practice, greater experience with the following areas will be preferred: family law, landlord-tenant, criminal (warrants, criminal defense, sex offender registration relief, record vacation/sealing), legal financial obligations, employment, and immigration.
· Trial advocacy experience is strongly preferred.
· Experience and skill working with individuals with mental illness, substance use disorder, and other disabilities is required. The successful applicant will excel in providing legal services to individuals who have difficulty consistently engaging in their own representation.
· Ability to balance the needs of multiple clients with time-sensitive legal needs, while also maintaining strong communication with clients with less pressing needs is required.
· Strong ability to work collaboratively, both with colleagues and with client case managers is required. The successful applicant will have strong conflict management skills and be able to tactfully engage with external partners.
· Policy advocacy and organizing skills are preferred, including the ability to review and digest core aspects of legislation, organize community in relation to PDA policy priorities, and identify policy advocacy opportunities for PDA.
· Appellate advocacy skills and experience are preferred.
· Familiarity and strong relationships with local policymakers, community leaders, and marginalized communities are preferred.
Salary range is $69,576-$117,546, depending on experience. Within the position salary range, salary increases 6% annually, although PDA has paused step increases due to the COVID-19 emergency. An additional annual cost of living increase is provided at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Benefits include:
· 401k match of up to 4% of salary, beginning after six months of employment;
· Annual, 2% of salary, profit sharing contribution to 401k, provided in most years;
· Generous medical and dental benefits for employees and family members;
· 15 days vacation, accrued annually, increasing to 24 days vacation, accrued annually;
· 12 personal days, accrued annually;
· Unlimited ORCA card; and
· Monthly $50 employer cell phone contribution.
This is a Fair Labor Standards Act exempt, at-will position; continuation in the position depends on both performance and funding.
Equal Opportunity Employer
PDA is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. PDA actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. PDA is committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual identity, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, those directly impacted by the criminal legal system, people who identify as queer, trans, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process should contact Corey Guilmette at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 641-5334.
How to Apply
The position will remain open until filled. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit the following to Zahra Al-Najaf (she/her pronouns) at email@example.com:
· Letter of interest.
· Two short legal writing samples, unedited by others.
· Names and contact information for three references.
The Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP seeks an attorney with two to five years of experience in trademark, copyright, trade secret and/or false advertising issues and disputes to work with our Trademark, Copyright, Internet & Advertising practice. Perkins’ TCIA lawyers help clients in the software, video game, internet, outdoor, retail, and other industries protect and defend their hard-earned and valuable IP rights through counseling, enforcement programs, administrative disputes, and litigation. You’d be joining this interesting, fun, busy, and growing practice.
Attention to detail, the ability to work well in a group, as well as the ability to work independently, are important characteristics. Successful candidates will have strong academic credentials and excellent legal writing skills and a proven track record in a practice that involves enforcement and disputes, preferably focused on or involving trademark, copyright, domain name, and advertising issues. Federal clerkship experience is preferred but not necessary, as is experience in a large law firm setting. Please submit a resume, cover letter, law school transcript, writing sample and references.
This position will also be available in our Chicago, Palo Alto and Phoenix offices.
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Job #: 2021-16
Status: Regular, Full-Time
Location: Olympia, Washington
Salary: $125,000 TO $147,000 (DOQ)
Opens: March 10, 2021
Closes: April 30, 2021
No applications will be accepted by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office.
For more information about the position and how to apply please refer to the attached job announcement or click here or go to https://www.courts.wa.gov/employ/docs/32243/Announcement.pdf to review the job announcement, job description, and application.
The UW Division provides comprehensive legal services to the University of Washington, which operates three campuses (Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell). UW enrolls more than 60,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and employs over 55,000 faculty and staff. The UW Division handles a multitude of interesting, complex, and challenging legal issues related to UW's vast array of activities. The UW Division's office is located at the UW campus in Seattle. The UW Division consists of four teams – the Healthcare Team, the General Practice Team, the Employment Team, and the Administrative Team.
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Seattle, Salt Lake City, or Denver – Patent Associate (#612)
Dorsey’s Patent group is seeking an associate with two to three years of experience and a technical background in electrical engineering or computer science to be based in Seattle, Salt Lake City, or Denver. You will join an exceptional team of attorneys, agents, paralegals, and staff servicing a wide array of clients – from large multinational corporations to entrepreneurs and innovative startup companies. You will have responsibility for an active docket of patent prosecution matters – from drafting applications through all phases of domestic and foreign patent prosecution. You will have the opportunity to counsel clients on patent strategy, and gain exposure to conducting searches and preparing patentability, invalidity, and non-infringement opinions. In our general practice firm, there are also opportunities to support litigation and transactional practices.
Dorsey’s patent group includes a diverse team of 35 Patent attorneys and 5 agents and technical advisors spread across five of Dorsey’s offices (Denver, Minneapolis, Palo Alto, Salt Lake City, and Seattle) who advise clients around the world on developing domestic and international intellectual property portfolios; conducting patent prosecution, including reexamination, reissue, and foreign filings; preparing patentability, validity and infringement opinions; supporting intellectual property commercialization and technology transfers; and performing M&A intellectual property due diligence. We are supported by a talented and dedicated team of paralegals and legal staff.
The following qualifications are required:
- USPTO admission
- Two to three years of patent attorney or agent experience
- B.S. and/or M.S. in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science, or a B.S. in Engineering with relevant technical Electrical Engineering or Computer Science work experience
- Strong academic performance and writing ability
Preferred candidates will thrive in a fast-paced, client-centric team where they enjoy a significant amount of responsibility for seeing matters through to completion.
Colorado bar admission preferred for Denver candidates. Washington bar admission preferred for Seattle candidates. Utah bar admission preferred for Salt Lake City candidates.
In addition to submitting your cover letter, resume and transcript with your application, please also submit a patent prosecution writing sample.
Dorsey offers opportunities for advancement within a collaborative and dynamic environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Our benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance; domestic partner benefits (for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners); Dorsey & Whitney 401(K) Retirement and Savings Plan; 15 weeks of paid parental leave, plus an additional 6-8 weeks of paid short-term disability for lawyers who give birth; adoption assistance; back-up child care program; education and college advising programs; well-being programs and activities; a 24/7 employee assistance program with confidential counseling; and more!
Dorsey values the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive work environment. It contributes to the success of our people and our clients and enriches our experience. We believe that everyone should feel at home and part of our community.
You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, military or veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.
Dorsey participates in E-Verify.
For Denver applicants only (as required by the Colorado Equal Pay Act): The starting salary for associate positions in our Denver office is $150,000. Pay is determined based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, depth of experience in the practice area. Associates are eligible to participate in Dorsey’s associate bonus program, subject to the program’s conditions and restrictions.
Clients have relied on the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP since 1912 as a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner. With locations across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia, Dorsey provides an integrated, dedicated approach to its clients' legal and business needs. Dorsey’s diverse client base includes more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies.
Our lawyers apply superb legal knowledge and skills with practical wisdom and a deep understanding of business and industry. We serve clients in nearly all industries, but focus on six key industries in which we have excellent depth and a history of achieving client success:
- Banking and Financial Institutions
- Development and Infrastructure
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Dorsey’s distinguished alumni include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser and former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale. Recognized for our dedication to community, Dorsey has met the ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge every year since the Challenge began in 1993 by devoting more than 3% of billable hours to pro bono work.
One of our greatest strengths is a friendly, cooperative culture that values and appreciates each individual. Dorsey has received external recognition for our welcoming workplace, including:
- Mansfield Certification Plus (Diversity Lab)
- Best Law Firms for Women (National Association of Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers)
- 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (Human Rights Campaign)
- Gold Standard Certification (Women in Law Empowerment Forum)
- Adoption Advocate (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)
Dorsey accepts online applications at http://www.dorsey.com/attorneyjobs. We do not accept application materials by mail or email except as a reasonable accommodation for qualified disabled applicants. Individuals who are unable to use our online process due to a disability should call 612-492-5149.
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Applicants can apply by submitting a cover letter and résumé and send by e-mail to Bethany Brown, Director of Legal Talent, Diversity & Inclusion, at MNRecruiting@millernash.com. For record-keeping, please include the ad source in the subject line of application e-mail (e.g. WSBA ad, firm website, etc.).
Miller Nash is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.