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  • 09/19/2017 4:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Patent Agent (or Associate) in Seattle

     

    The Intellectual Property group of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is seeking a Patent Agent (preferably) or Patent Associate Attorney with more than two years’ experience in patent preparation and prosecution for its Seattle office. The position will require development of a broad IP practice and, while the position will focus on preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the software and electrical arts, it will also include supporting clients on a wide variety of IP issues. Experience with cloud computing, cybersecurity, cryptography, and related areas is desirable.

    Strong academic credentials, writing skills and references required. We can only consider applicants with an educational degree in CS, CE and/or EE programs, or equivalent industry or law firm experience (e.g., experience as a software developer); and, who are actively admitted to practice before the USPTO. JD also required for Associate Attorney applicants.

    To apply, please upload your cover letter addressed to Kathleen Shaw, Lateral Attorney Recruiting Manager; your resume; brief writing sample (office action preferred); and a copy of your school transcript(s).


  • 09/13/2017 9:50 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Seeking Pro Bono attorney to assist senior litigator undergoing surgery

    Senior attorney with small caseload of civil litigation in need of an attorney to mind the store while he has the surgery and recovers.  Part-time work; time frame estimated at 2-3 months.  Good opportunity for an attorney relocating to Seattle area or re-entering legal career.  Must be admitted to WSBA.  Office has commanding view of Puget Sound, prime downtown location.  Justice Faith Ireland (ret.) is helping in this search.  Contact her to discuss further atfaith@faith-ireland.com or call 206-383-2478


  • 09/12/2017 5:03 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Associate Attorney

    Patent Litigation

    Job #A20170806 – Seattle, Washington

     

    The Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP is seeking an associate to join its nationally ranked Patent Litigation group. Candidates must have excellent academic credentials from a top tier law school and two to five years of experience litigating all aspects of patent disputes from pre-suit investigation to trial and appeal. The ideal candidate should have an electrical engineering or computer science degree. Practical work experience in your field of technical expertise and admission to the Patent Bar are preferred.  Please access the link below to submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, undergraduate/graduate transcripts and a writing sample.

     

    Apply Here: https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/about-us/careers/laterals/job-listings/patent-litigation-associate-attorney-intellectual-property-job.html


  • 09/10/2017 12:37 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    September 7, 2017 SENIOR STAFF ATTORNEY/DEPUTY LEGAL DIRECTOR The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking an experienced attorney to build, file, and litigate complex civil actions in state and federal court to protect and preserve civil liberties for all Washingtonians—work that is important now more than ever. Depending upon fit and experience, the selected attorney may be considered for a Deputy Legal Director position after 1-2 years in the office. The ACLU-WA is increasing its level of operations in order to fight Donald Trump’s broad attacks on civil liberties while continuing to vigorously move forward the work of our existing projects—much of which will also be affected by the actions of the Trump Administration: criminal justice reform; the school to prison pipeline; using religion to oppose LGBT rights and reproductive freedom; and privacy, surveillance, and technology. Our goal is not just resistance; it is progress. This new attorney position will give us the capacity to push forward our affirmative agenda as well as engage in fast-moving, defensive battles against Trump administration policies. 

    OVERVIEW 

    The ACLU of Washington is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBT people, protecting privacy in the digital age, preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is willing to take on tough civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. And we’re successful. In the past couple of years in Washington state, we’ve won a lawsuit for a gay couple who was denied service by their local florist, victories for Latino voting rights in Yakima and Pasco, and a ruling that stops the horrific practice of warehousing mentally ill persons in jails without mental health treatment. The ACLU stands for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. The ACLU-WA’s staff of 35+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle. We are supported by more than 75,000 members, activists, and donors. 


    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

    The staff attorney will be responsible for investigating, filing, and litigating civil liberties and civil rights cases in both federal and state courts. This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling trials and appeals. The staff attorney will be responsible for maintaining an active docket of their own cases, typically with assistance from outside cooperating attorneys, as well as helping to supervise and mentor more junior attorneys in the department. The staff attorney will also engage in advocacy short of litigation, coordinate with the various policy-focused attorneys and other staff in the office, provide legal analysis to advance other ACLU policy work, conduct community outreach as needed, and supervise law students and volunteer attorneys. Along with other professional staff members, the staff attorney will represent the ACLU publicly, speaking to the media and others, as assigned. The staff attorney may also be asked to assist the Legal Director in the supervision and management of cases brought by other attorneys inside and outside the office, the drafting and review of internal and external department reports, and other non-litigation tasks essential for the smooth running of the Legal Department as needed. Travel, as well as occasional work on nights and weekends, will be necessary. Along with all employees, the staff attorney is expected to help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming, and professional work environment for employees and volunteers.

     QUALIFICATIONS 

    At least eight years of significant civil litigation experience, with demonstrated ability to develop and/or litigate class actions. The selected applicant will also be considered for the Deputy Legal Director position, which requires additional litigation and management experience, as well as time working alongside the Legal Director. Plaintiffs’ side work and/or previous experience in constitutional law litigation is a plus, as is experience supervising other attorneys. Must have ability to file and litigate cases independently and collaboratively; excellent problemsolving skills; ability to juggle multiple on-going projects and exercise good judgment under stressful situations; and ability to affirmatively prosecute civil rights violations. Must also have superior writing, research and verbal skills in presenting both to lawyers and to the non-lawyer public; leadership and organizational skills in order to encourage volunteer lawyers and work cooperatively in coalitions on complicated cases; the ability to take initiative, think strategically, and share responsibility and credit. Page 3 of 3 Must have a commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance. Must be a member of the Washington State Bar (or willing to take the next bar examination). 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 

    Salary is based on experience, qualifications and the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale. Benefits include three weeks of vacation to start, medical and disability insurance, a retirement plan, and an ORCA card. 

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE 

    To apply, email a letter of application and resume to jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Senior Staff Attorney. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.aclu-wa.org/owa.


     The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. 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"

  • 09/08/2017 1:50 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    PORT TOWNSEND PUBLIC DEFENSE FIRM SEEKS ENTRY-LEVEL ATTORNEY

    Job Description:  Entry level attorney position for adult misdemeanor and juvenile defense.  Jefferson Associated Counsel is a five-attorney, independent, non-profit firm in Port Townsend that provides public defense to clients in Jefferson County courts. 

    The position provides an opportunity to work with experienced attorneys in a supportive and collaborative environment.  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Washington or awaiting July 2017 bar exam results.  Rule 9 intern experience in criminal law is preferred. 

    Start Date:  Flexible.

    Requested materials:  cover letter, resume, writing sample (under 6 pages), and references.  Deadline to submit materials is October 15, 2017.

    Submit materials to:  Richard Davies, Director, Jefferson Associated Counsel, 624 Polk Street, Port Townsend, WA  98368; or email to jac@olympus.net

    Compensation:  DOE


  • 09/08/2017 8:56 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Have you always wanted to realize your dream of using the law to improve the world? That opportunity has arrived. Legal Voice seeks an experienced attorney to join its team of skilled, creative social justice advocates.

     

    Legal Voice is the Northwest’s premier women’s and LGBTQ legal rights organization, improving the law and women’s lives since 1978. Recognizing that the law is a powerful tool to advance equality and achieve justice, Legal Voice protects and defends women's and LGBTQ rights through public impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and legal rights education. From our base in Seattle, Legal Voice works in the state and federal courts of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Alaska, and advocates for legislative change at the local and state level in Washington State. As a progressive feminist organization, Legal Voice prioritizes a commitment to racial justice in our work and among our staff.

     

    We seek a lawyer with seven or more years of litigation experience to join our dedicated staff. The position is located in Seattle, in our collegial and fun office above Seattle’s historic Paramount Theater. This position reports to Legal Voice’s Advocacy Director, and will most likely manage Legal Voice’s work on economic justice, health care, and gender discrimination in employment, education, and athletics, although those subject areas may change depending on the applicant’s expertise. Primary responsibilities include:

    • Managing, in collaboration with other Attorneys and pro bono Cooperating Counsel, Legal Voice’s public impact litigation in assigned subject areas

    • Managing, in collaboration with other Attorneys, Legal Voice’s legislative work in assigned subject areas, including working closely with our contract lobbyists

    • Providing technical assistance to community members and allied organizations

    • Working to advance feminist legal theories through creative analyses of feminist legal issues and by providing community presentations and training on areas within expertise

    • Supervising law student interns and attorney volunteers

    • Supporting Legal Voice’s outreach, communication, and development efforts

     

    The preferred applicant will be a member of the bar in one or more of the five Northwest states (or willing to obtain bar membership within a reasonable time) who has a demonstrated commitment to women’s and LGBTQ legal rights, with experience in one of the following areas:  gender equity in employment, education, or athletics; economic justice; or health care law and policy. For more details about job responsibilities and qualifications please review the job description at docs.legalvoice.org/StaffAttorney_Description.pdf

     

    Salary & Benefits: This full-time position has a salary range of $65,000-80,000, depending on experience. Benefits include: health insurance (including dental) with full payment of premiums for the employee; three weeks of vacation to start in a culture that supports and encourages people to take vacations; ten paid holidays per year; 401K with a possible employer contribution; paid sick and safe leave; flexible and generous family leave; payment of bar dues; and professional development opportunities.

     

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by October 6, 2017, to info@legalvoice.org.


  • 09/08/2017 8:54 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Jr.- Level Commercial Litigation Associate

     

    The Portland office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP seeks a Junior-level commercial litigation associate attorney with at least 2 years’ experience; law-firm experience is required, and clerkship experience is preferred. Experience in commercial litigation, including responsibility for pleadings, motions and discovery, is required, and experience in court is preferred. 

    Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills are also required, as well as strong academic credentials. An active member, in good standing, of the Oregon Bar is preferred, but we will consider members of other state bars in appropriate cases. All replies confidential. 

    To apply, please upload your cover letter addressed to Kathleen Shaw, Lateral Attorney Recruiting Manager; your resume; brief writing sample; and a copy of your law school transcript.

    We are not accepting third party submissions for this position at this time.


  • 08/31/2017 9:53 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The City of Seattle is embarking upon a period of historic police reform and has adopted groundbreaking legislation to establish the Office of Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG) as a key component. The candidate selected to serve as the new OIG Director will have the opportunity to stand up a new office in an innovative approach to police reform in one of the nation’s leading cities. The OIG, in collaborative partnership with the Office of the Police Accountability and the Community Police Commission, helps ensure the actions of Seattle Police Department (SPD) employees are constitutional and in compliance with law, as well as City and SPD policies. The OIG Director must hav e significant background in criminal, civil rights, and labor law, governmental investigations, and/or management of governmental auditing. The salary range for the OIG Director is $117,700 to $194,246 including an excellent executive benefit package. All interested candidates should apply by September 22, 2017 (first review; this position is considered open until filled) to Ralph Andersen & Associates by submitting a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume toapply@ralphandersen.com. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Greg Nelson at 916.630.4900. Detailed brochure available online at www.ralphandersen.com.

  • 08/30/2017 8:29 AM | Kallie Ferguson (Administrator)

    Salary: $8,525.00 - $10,627.00 Monthly

    Location: Thurston County, WA

    Job Type: Regular Full-Time Employee

    Department: Public Defense

    Job Number: 24R00588

    Closing: 9/11/2017 8:00 AM Pacific

    How to applyhttps://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/thurstonwa/jobs/1833438/defense-attorney-iii

    Summary of Duties

    A Defense Attorney III practices in District Court, Juvenile Court or Superior Court and receives general direction from a higher-level Defense Attorney. Immediate placement will be in Superior Court for Adult Felony representation consistent with Superior Court summary of duties listed below.
     

    District Court: Manages a full misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor caseload. Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearings and/or plea bargains the cases with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics and legal research and analysis. Also, handles miscellaneous calendar duties such as arraignment calendars, initial appearance calendars and interpreter calendars.

    Juvenile Court: Manages a full misdemeanor and felony caseload (A, B, C felonies). Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearings and/or plea bargains the cases with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics and legal research and analysis. Also, handles miscellaneous hearings such as arraignment calendars, detention calendars, and probation violation calendars.

    Juvenile Court (Civil): Manages a full caseload of parents in dependency and termination cases, including representation at all statutorily required hearings, conferences and family treatment court. Performs case evaluation, additional investigation, trial/hearing preparation, settlement negotiations, motions and trials.

    Superior Court: Manages a full or partial felony caseload (A, B, C felonies). Prepares cases for trial, pre-trial and post-trial hearings and/or plea bargains with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Assigned homicide cases, persistent offender (e.g. two and three strike) cases, and other serious cases. Assists other attorneys in matters of trial strategy, tactics and legal research and analysis. 

    Handles miscellaneous court hearings, including but not limited to, preliminary appearance calendars, arraignment calendars, non-compliance calendars, ability to substitute in Drug Court, Mental Health Court and Involuntary Treatment Act hearings. 

    OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS

    • Reviews police reports, interviews witnesses, works with court and Prosecutor to resolve cases. Appropriately utilizes non-attorney professional services.
    • Reviews reports from DSHS, interviews appropriate parties, works with attorneys general, case workers, social workers, experts, court and related court personnel to resolve cases.
    • Performs a variety of legal office work, prepares appropriate legal pleadings, and does necessary research.
    • Maintains accurate and complete statistical information to be used for future needs and projections.
    • Assists other Defense Attorneys in matters of tactics, trial strategy and legal research.
    • Provides back-up defense for District and Juvenile Courts and is knowledgeable of District and Juvenile Court rules and procedures.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    Qualifications
    • Graduation from an ABA accredited school of law and must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
    • Knowledge of all criminal rules of Washington State, techniques of interviewing and preparation and defense of all variety of criminal cases, with emphasis on felonies.
    • Knowledge of RCW 13.34, good communication with parents, legal custodians and guardians.
    • Ten years of practice as an attorney with a minimum of three years trial experience in the trial of criminal cases.
    • Ability to perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems.
    • Present law, facts, evidence and arguments clearly and logically in written and oral form.
    • Work harmoniously and maintain good public relations.
    Desired Skills

    Recruitment contact: Mia Pagnotta, (360) 786-5868
     
    This position is:
    - Eligible for benefits
    - NOT Represented by a Union
    - NOT eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

    Items required for initial consideration:
    - Application
    - Letter of Interest and Introduction
    - Professional references (x3)
    - Resume

  • 08/29/2017 10:35 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Position Description

    Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.
     
    We are looking for an Employee Relations Advisor to be part of the Employee Relations Unit in Seattle City Light's Human Resources department.  The Employee Relations Advisor is responsible for City Light's workplace investigations.  Additionally, the position also administers and implements the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), reasonable accommodation, and leave programs.  This position will report to the Employee Relations Manager.

    Job Responsibilities

    The Employee Relations Advisor is responsible for City Light's workplace investigations.  The position also works on the administration and implementation of City Light's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), workplace rules and policies, reasonable accommodation, and Family and Medical Leave (FML) programs.
     
    The responsibilities with respect to the programs and workplace policies and rules include:

    ·         Investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment, misconduct and retaliation;

    ·         Prepare investigation reports, conduct debriefing sessions with the parties and management;

    ·         Respond in writing to charges filed with external agencies regarding EEO and misconduct issues;

    ·         Provide advice, information, and recommendations to management regarding the resolution of workplace issues and the interpretation of policies and regulations;

    ·         Review policies and rules for compliance with current best practices and legal standards.

    The responsibilities with respect to the administration of the more complex reasonable accommodation cases include:

    ·         Evaluate requests for reasonable accommodations and medical documentation;

    ·         Work with employees and management to identify and implement reasonable accommodations;

    ·         Provide advice to management on accommodation issues.

    The responsibilities with respect to the leave program include:

    ·         Evaluate FML and other leave requests, and medical certifications;

    ·         Communicate to employees and management on the scope of approved leave requests;

    ·         Monitor leave use and provide advice to management on how to effectively manage employee leave.

    Other responsibilities include developing and providing in-house materials on EEO, ADA and Leave issues.

     

    Qualifications

    Education: Law degree (J.D.) and membership in any State Bar Association or a combination of education/training/experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
     
    Experience: A minimum of three years of experience conducting EEO investigations or legal practice in the area of employment law in a law firm or in-house setting, with a strong preference for candidates with a solid background in providing client counseling on employment law issues.
     
    Certification/License: Driver's license or equivalent mobility. 

    Desired Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have knowledge of, and experience with, public sector organizational practices and labor unions, experience working in a Human Resources function and a willingness and ability to accept change. Other desired skills include experience with a complex, diverse workforce.
     
    Other desired experience includes providing legal analysis/advice regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace; experience with employee complaint resolution techniques; excellent oral and written communication skills, including communicating with employees and management at all levels of the utility; thorough and demonstrable knowledge of all applicable laws, including federal, state and local EEO laws, disability laws, and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; ability to problem solve in a large diverse organization; ability to objectively assess complex, sensitive situations; excellent analytical skills and ability to interpret and apply applicable employment laws, policies and procedures; good organizational and customer service skills; demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality; and competency with MS Word and Excel are required.
     
     

    Additional Information

     Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

    Want to know more about Seattle City Light? Check out our web page: http://www.seattle.gov/light/

    All candidates will need to apply online athttps://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle/jobs/1829665/employee-relations-advisor .