The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a full-time legal and intake assistant to provide litigation and administrative support to the ACLU of Washington’s litigation and legal advocacy efforts as well as provide administrative support to the Intake Department. This position will begin in the Fall of 2019.
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. The ACLU-WA’s staff of 40+ employees and numerous volunteers work in a fast-paced, friendly and professional office in downtown Seattle. We are supported by more than 135,000 members, activists, and donors.
The ACLU-WA Legal Department is comprised of our Legal Director, seven staff attorneys, a fellow, the Intake Manager, a paralegal, and a legal assistant. The legal team takes on forty to fifty cases and amicus briefs a year in the state and federal courts that cover a variety of issues regarding civil rights and civil liberties. The Legal Intake Department is the front line for people seeking help from the ACLU of Washington. The Intake Department receives a high volume of intakes each year via phone, website, and letters, and works to funnel these intakes to the appropriate attorneys and/or direct people to the resources that would help them the most.
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. Women, people of color, LGBT people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
Legal Assistant Duties:
Carry out administrative tasks such as processing invoices and reimbursements, scanning, copying, calendaring, sending large mailings, and coordinating hiring logistics.
Onboard and offboard new staff, volunteers, and interns in accordance with office procedures.
Plan and coordinate large meetings and occasional events.
Learn to assist the paralegal in providing litigation support by: assisting with maintaining department litigation records; working on pleadings, exhibits, discovery documents, correspondence, and memos; helping with filings; calendaring court deadlines; and ensuring compliance with local rules in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.
Communicate clearly and professionally with a broad range of stakeholders including cooperating attorneys, clients, defendants, and judicial officials.
Help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming, and professional work environment for employees and volunteers. Assist in other activities as assigned.
Intake Assistant Duties:
Work with the Intake Manager to run all aspects of our intake department, including helping to supervise any intake interns.
Prepare and ensure timely response to online and mail intake inquiries and requests for assistance.
Generate regular database reports reflecting trends in intakes received by the office.
Help respond to attorney inquiries about intakes.
Help maintain and curate a comprehensive legal Resource Referral Manual database and an extensive library of “know your rights” and self-advocacy literature.
Help maintain, troubleshoot, and improve the intake database.
Excellent time management and organizational skills. Successful candidates have the ability to manage their own workflow in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment while coordinating with multiple other department members.
Demonstrated ability to handle stress in a healthy way.
Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills; proven ability to work well with people with a wide range of interests, skills, and concerns. A confident and personable demeanor.
Computer and technology proficiency including mastery of MS Office Suite, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat Professional or proven ability to troubleshoot and learn new software. Experience with litigation and e-discovery software is a plus.
While not required, Spanish language proficiency is extremely helpful.
A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
A minimum two-year commitment is required. After the first year, successful candidates may be promoted.
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 “non-exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include three weeks of vacation to start, medical and disability insurance, a retirement plan, and an ORCA card.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and short writing sample (i.e. a memo or a short essay) to Jobs@aclu-wa.org. Include in the subject line of the email your last name and Legal Assistant. 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 the position is filled, 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.”
Description Chief Legal Counsel
This position is open until filled. Applications received by May 17, 2019 will be given first consideration.
Must be licensed to practice law in Washington State or be eligible for admission to the WSBA by (1) Admission by Motion, House Counsel Practice, or Admission by Uniform Bar Exam Score Transfer and (2) be eligible to immediately practice at Seattle Public Schools under the requirements of RPC 5.5 and its restrictions. It is the responsibility of any out of state candidate to apply for and obtain temporary authorization to work as House Counsel prior to starting work at SPS. An offer may be rescinded if authorization to work as House Counsel is not obtained within 4 weeks of an offer being made. Any candidate who obtains House Counsel authorization to practice in Washington must obtain a regular/full legal license to practice in Washington within 12 months of hire.
The Seattle Public Schools is committed to ensuring equitable access, closing the opportunity gaps and educational excellence for every student. To achieve its mission the school board, community, and superintendent have determined that systems must improve district wide to support academic outcomes and meet student needs. The General Counsel is an integral member of the Superintendent's Leadership Team and plays an important role in supporting the Superintendent's Leadership Team with achieving the strategic objectives in a manner consistent with their business judgment. The General Counsel supports student learning and district efficiency by representing the district legally and balancing costs, benefits, and risks. The General Counsel serves as the chief legal adviser to the Board of Directors and the Superintendent, and serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board.
Leads a team of legal professionals, including attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants in the provision of accurate and timely legal advice and representation to the District on all matters of a legal or technical nature which require the interpretation of legal counsel, including the application of statutes, regulations and ordinances, and the provisions of contracts; supervises and evaluates personnel assigned to the Legal Office; devises ways to reduce legal office expenditures; manages district's litigation, recommends resolutions, negotiates and authorizes settlements with Superintendent, and Board approval, as appropriate; coordinates and monitors the work of the District's outside legal counsel. (20%)
Advises, reports to, and acts for the District on legal matters, such as claims, suits, injunctions, dismissals, non-renewal of contracts, processing tort claims in coordination with the District's insurer, and resolution of grievances; defends or represents the District in court, binding arbitration, and other legal or administrative proceedings. (15%)
Provides the Board with advice and counsel regarding the legal and policy issues facing them as elected officials and the governing body of the school district. Serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors; attends Board meetings and Board committee meetings, and accepts and certifies documents on behalf of the Board. (15%)
Serves as a strategic adviser to the Superintendent on a variety of administrative and legislative issues. (15%)
Informs administrators of new laws and regulations and their effect on district operations, policies, and procedures; serves as an advocate of the District before city, state and federal government officials. (10%)
Provides advice and counsel to the Superintendent, the executive leadership team, and the Board regarding legal requirements, best practices and strategies for addressing legal and risk management issues; provides consultation and recommendations that support executive team in the development of legally compliant District policies and procedures that achieve their strategic objectives; provides advice and counsel regarding legal requirements, best practices and strategies for addressing legal and risk management issues. (5%)
Follows trends in law, the legal profession, the provision of school district in-house legal counsel, and risk management practices; participates in ongoing training to enhance professional skills. (5%)
Supervises the response to public records requests, and ensures appropriate awareness of requests and materials to be shared with the superintendent, appropriate leadership team member, and communications. establishes departmental processes that protect the confidentiality of advice, records and information about staff and students; protects confidentiality of all records and information in possession of counsel about staff, and use discretion when sharing any such information within legal confines which is limited to records or information under control of counsel. (5%)
Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position as may be assigned to him or her by the Superintendent, Board, or Deputy Superintendent.(5%)
REQUIRED DISTRICT-WIDE CORE COMPETENCIES:
Is seen as a team player who encourages efficient and effective collaborations.
Works skillfully in difficult situations with both internal and external groups.
Represents his/her own interests while being open-minded to other groups.
Builds respectful and productive relationships internally and externally.
Getting Results (Action-Oriented)
Demonstrates a strong sense of urgency about solving problems and getting work done.
Focuses on achieving the goal even in the face of obstacles.
Assumes responsibility for starting and finishing work with minimal supervision.
Strives for new levels of performance.
Decision Quality & Problem Solving
Weighs the consequences of options before making a decision.
Applies appropriate criteria to situations for the purpose of making decisions.
Displays self-confidence in own judgment.
Focuses in the facts and solutions instead of opinions and problems.
Deals with people and situations in an honest and forthright manner.
Represents information and data accurately and completely.
Represents the confidentiality of information and concerns shared by others.
Takes ownership if a mistake is their own and does not blame others.
Takes responsibility and action as if the risks (financial or otherwise) are his or her own.
Holds individuals and team accountable for their actions and results.
Initiates action even if outcome is uncertain and is willing to accept the consequences of failure.
Aligns own activities and priorities to meet broader organizational needs.
Demonstrates courage and confidence in his or her own ability.
OTHER RELEVANT COMPETENCIES:
Dealing with Ambiguity
Responds quickly to change and comfortably considers new approaches.
Operates well in situations when consequences of actions and decisions are unclear.
Switches strategies or approach if current ones are not working.
Strategic Agility & Innovation Management
Sees ahead clearly and accurately anticipates how potential ideas may play out.
Thinks holistically by combining ideas in unique ways or making connection between different ideas.
Examines and evaluates potential solutions to determine where the greatest gain can be achieved.
Creates new ways of thinking to address complex issues.
Makes customers and their needs a primary focus of his/her actions.
Thinks ahead and considers the impact of actions both internally and externally.
Develops trust, credibility and maintains strong relationships with customers.
Goes the extra mile to satisfy customer needs and expectations.
Deals effectively with others in tough situations.
Expresses disagreements in a way that does not disparage or attach others.
Demonstrates the ability to expand areas of agreement and narrow areas of disagreement.
Recognizes differences in opinion, brings them into the open and looks for win-win solutions.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Wide range of legal and compliance issues that impact school districts or other public entities (such as labor and employment law, constitutional law, administrative law or construction law);
Current trends and related laws and regulations in school and school district operations and procedures; collaborative problem-solving methods; risk management procedures; budget development; practices and principles of supervision.
Excellent Oral and written communications; team building; problem-solving; time management; risk identification and minimization; evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of teams, programs and individuals; conceptual and analytical thinking.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with the Superintendent's Leadership Team and Board.
Supervise staff; motivate others and stimulate team and group processes; effectively represent the District before the public; provide leadership in the fields of legal counsel and risk management; develop and assist with developing strategy; provide appropriate and constructive feedback to District staff; establish objectives; provide direction and assistance to staff and team members; take individual initiative, accept responsibility and be held accountable; coordinate multiple activities simultaneously; develop and administer budgets; adapt to change and remain flexible; establish and maintain effective working relationships with District staff and administrators, students, parents or guardians, outside agencies and the public, in a multi-cultural community.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by those assigned to this position and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. Employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed. District employees are not authorized to make promised of employment for a particular period of time, or promises of a particular level of compensation or benefits to job applicants for certified or classified positions, and that any such agreement must be in writing and signed by the Superintendent. Any verbal or written statements to that effect by District employees other than the Superintendent are null and void. Additionally nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
YEARS of RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
Ten (10) years of successful and increasingly responsible experience practicing law and the management of legal staff, preferably for a large state agency, corporation or law firm.
CERTIFICATION & LICENSES:
Member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association.
Continuing legal education licensing requirement every three years.
Criminal Justice fingerprint and background check.
The Civil Rights Program Manager will lead and support overall project management and office management for civil rights work in the Office of Equity and Social Justice. The Program Manager will lead and support a range of activities ranging from civil rights investigations and mediation to civil rights policy development and community engagement. The Program Manager will also be an expert in the field of equity and social justice, representing the Office in broad venues and providing technical assistance.
Stokes Lawrence, P.S., a commercial law firm with offices in Seattle and Yakima, is seeking a litigation associate with a minimum of three years of practical experience to join our Seattle office. Candidates must have excellent legal research and writing skills, an ability to work independently, and strong advocacy skills. Candidates should have experience handling all aspects of fact discovery, including written discovery and depositions, and with drafting pleadings and a variety of dispositive and non-dispositive motions. Outstanding academic credentials and superior analytical, communication and interpersonal skills are required. Experience in intellectual property litigation and clerkship experience is preferred, but not required.
Our attorneys share a common value system rooted in a sense of collaboration, excellence, client service and professionalism, along with a desire for professional and personal growth and satisfaction. Learn more about our firm at www.stokeslaw.com.
Stokes Lawrence is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from historically marginalized or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Please send cover letter, resume, law school transcript and writing sample to Joanne Pegues, Director of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org for confidential consideration.
1) Corporate Counsel: Amazon
Job ID: 770357
Amazon’s Kindle, Web Services and Consumer/B2B retail businesses are seeking talented attorneys for Corporate Counsel positions. These attorneys will partner with the legal team and their business operations clients to achieve operational excellence, ensure compliance with state and federal regulators, consider legal issues of first impression and move strategic deals through to completion.
Amazon is a leader in global e-commerce. Our innovative technologies change the way people find, discover and buy products and services. Lawyers at Amazon are trusted members of the business. Our work is intellectually challenging and exciting. Developing innovative solutions to novel legal questions is part of our daily business. Some travel, domestic and international, will be required.
To apply, please follow the link below:
2) Corporate Counsel, Alexa: Amazon
Job ID: 630426
We are looking for talented attorneys to support our rapidly growing and evolving Alexa voice service, the brain behind our Amazon Echo device. You will serve as the primary lawyer responsible for counseling the Alexa business on a broad range of commercial, licensing, technology, and regulatory matters and structuring, drafting and negotiating commercial transactions. You will work directly with the business, serving as lead counsel on strategic deals, providing day-to-day input on business and strategy, resolving issues that arise in existing commercial relationships and handling pre-litigation legal disputes and inquiries. You will develop strategies for handling legal issues in creative, business-centric ways and you will build processes that address risk and allow the business flexibility and freedom to move quickly.
Principal duties include structuring, drafting and negotiating complicated technology, distribution, licensing, marketing and other commercial agreements and providing ongoing legal counseling in a wide range of legal areas, including intellectual property, digital media and regulatory compliance. Some travel, domestic and international, will be required.
To apply, please follow the link below:
Joseph Domeq | Recruiting Coordinator | Amazon LegalE: email@example.com P: 206.435.8286
Want to know what it’s like to work for Amazon Legal? Click Here!
Dorsey & Whitney LLP is seeking an IP litigation associate with up to three years of experience to join the IP Litigation group in its Seattle office. This associate will have the opportunity to work on complex patent, trademark, and other IP litigation matters in federal courts around the United States. This associate will have the opportunity to work in all phases of litigation, from pleading through trial and appeal, for individual and entity clients in a variety of industries. The position will involve responsibility over pending cases, in-court experience and active trial and motion work. Specifically, this position will handle the following types of tasks:
- oral advocacy
- brief writing
- trial preparation
Dorsey offers opportunities for advancement within a collaborative and dynamic environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. We support and encourage the professional development and advancement of our lawyers through numerous CLE programs offered by Dorsey U, our internal professional development service.
The following qualifications are required:
- A JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school or the ability to be admitted to the Washington State bar
- Up to three years of IP litigation attorney experience in a law firm setting
- Strong communication and writing skills
- Top academic credentials
Washington State bar admission preferred.
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. 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 Rule Plus Certification (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)
- Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplace (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)
Dorsey & Whitney LLP is an EEO/AAP/Disabled Vets Employer. All qualified applicants 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.
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; Healthcare; and Technology.
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.
How to Apply
Dorsey & Whitney LLP 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 612-492-5186.
Title: Assistant Chief Review Judge
Supervisor: Don Westfall (DWestfall@esd.wa.gov)
Location: Lacey, WA
Closing Date: 4/30/19
This position is being created in response to the new Paid Family Medical Leave Act. It is for a Assistant Chief to run a unit of Review Judges at the Employment Security Department in Lacy, WA. The review judges review appeals from decisions made by administrative law judges at the Office of Administrative Hearings-- one option for litigants is to appeal an OAH ruling to the agency itself.
The ideal candidate will love the idea of being in on the creation of a new unit, and will have the energy and vision to create an efficient and well-run system. The ideal candidate will also enjoy supervising a group of review judges, and be capable in that regard. Finally, the job will require some political savvy, as the Chief Review Judge and the Assistant Chief Review Judge are both liaisons between ESD and other agencies, etc. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be in on setting up a system at the ground level.
The City of Seattle is a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity, address wage gaps, and create a fair and healthy economy for workers, businesses and residents. The mission of the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is to advance labor standards through thoughtful community and business engagement, strategic enforcement and innovative policy development, with a commitment to race and social justice.
The Office of Labor Standards has an opening for a Senior Investigator to join a highly skilled, dynamic team. This position will handle a complex investigation caseload including directed investigations, company-wide investigations involving numerous ordinances, and investigations requiring in-depth legal research and analysis. The Senior Investigator will be responsible for the research and planning for directed and complaint investigations, conducting investigations, and recommending resolutions to complaints of violations of various ordinances and violations, such as the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST), Fair Chance Employment Ordinance (FCE), Minimum Wage Ordinance (MW), Administrative Wage Theft Ordinance (WT), Secure Scheduling Ordinance (SS), the Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative (HEHS), the Domestic Workers Ordinance (DW), and other labor standards the City may enact in the future.
This role will report to the Enforcement Manager.
Here is more about what you will be doing:
In addition to the ability to complete the tasks mentioned above, you will need to possess the following required qualifications (or a combination of education, training or experience that provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class):
This position is classified as a Senior Civil Rights Analyst. It is an overtime eligible, full-time status position.
To be considered for this position, please submit your complete application, resume, and cover letter at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle no later than 4:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday April 23, 2019. In your cover letter, please clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and qualifications outlined in this job announcement. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience.
Questions? Please contact Nicolette Hornbeck at Nicolette.Hornbeck@seattle.gov
To learn more about the Office of Labor Standards, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/laborstandards
Davis Wright Tremaine’s Healthcare M&A practice is seeking associates with a minimum of two years of law firm experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other significant business transactions and interest in healthcare M&A. The ideal candidate will be able to work with our team on large and complex transactions and to second-chair smaller transactions. Experience working on M&A in healthcare services and healthcare technology is preferred.
We seek candidates who will fit well with our Healthcare M&A team, each of whom has a combination of experience in M&A, the healthcare industry and regulatory issues. Candidates should have healthcare experience or be willing to commit at least half of their practice to develop healthcare experience with the team.
Candidates must have excellent academic credentials and transactional skills. We prefer candidates with law firm experience, an entrepreneurial mindset, a strong client-service ethic and outstanding interpersonal skills. Active membership in the California State Bar or Washington State Bar is preferred. All replies confidential.
To apply, please click here and upload a cover letter addressed to Bahareh Samanian, Director of Lawyer Recruiting; resume; deal sheet and law school transcript. We would very much appreciate you specifying how you heard about this position in your cover letter.
Further questions: Hiroko Peraza.
Real Estate Partner
The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking a real estate partner to join its dynamic real estate team. For more than 40 years, our real estate group has been involved in some of the region’s most significant real property transactions, including acquisition, development, finance, commercial leasing, management of large due diligence evaluations, structuring of multi-property acquisitions, regulatory analysis, compliance, and mitigation. A portable practice and a historical track record of strong client relationships is desirable. Confidential inquiries can be sent to Saira Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Resources/Land Use Associate
The Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP is seeking a natural resources/land use associate with 2-4 years’ experience to join our dynamic team. Candidates should have strong experience handling diverse matters associated with federal and state environmental laws, such as the National Environmental Protection Act, the State Environmental Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act. Candidates should also have experience in permitting and regulatory compliance/enforcement; and in all aspects of complex land use matters, including representation before local land use boards, tribunals, and other administrative agencies. Superior analytical, drafting, client communication skills, sense of humor, and Washington State Bar are required. Confidential inquiries can be sent to Saira Rhodes at email@example.com.