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Public interest organizations look to hire at NW career fairs

February 16, 2016

Public service employers across the northwest gathered in Seattle and Portland recently to participate in the annual NW Public Interest Career Fairs. The fairs connect public interest legal organizations with law students seeking post-graduation work with nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies serving the public interest. The fairs, held February 5 (Seattle) and February 6 (Portland), were organized by Lewis & Clark Law School’s Public Interest Law Program and Career & Professional Development staff, and assisted by student volunteers.

More than 70 employers participated in at least one of the fairs, 58 of which conducted job interviews with law students. There were 421 law students from nine different law schools in attendance. Lewis & Clark students had the largest contingency of any law school with 132 attendees, 66 of whom were selected to interview with one or more employers.

“Our students did an amazing job this weekend and the compliments (and job offers) have begun rolling in this week!” said Tracy Sullivan, Executive Director of Public Interest Law at Lewis & Clark.

Employers represented at the fair included:

Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Alaska Public Defender Agency
Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID), which is a project within Disability Rights Washington
Catholic Charities-Immigration Legal Services
Clackamas County DA’s Office
Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Columbia Legal Services
Colville Tribal Legal Services
Community Law Project
Consumer Education and Training Services (CENTS)
Coos County DA’s Office
Crag Law Center
Crook County DA’s Office
Disability Rights Oregon
Disability Rights Washington
Equal Justice Works
Evergreen Educational Society
Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon
Immigration Counseling Service
Jackson County DA’s Office
King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center
Legal Aid Services of Oregon - Farmworker Program
Legal Aid Services of Oregon – Portland Regional Office
Legal Voice
Multnomah County Attorney’s Office
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office
Municipality of Anchorage
Northwest Justice Project
Northwest Workers’ Justice Project
Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Washington State Bar Association
Office of Metro Attorney
Office of Public Defense Services
Oregon Department of Justice
Oregon Innocence Project
Oregon Law Center
Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel
Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office
PSU Student Legal Services
Santa Clara Law Center for Global Law & Policy
Seattle City Attorney’s Office – Civil Division
Seattle City Attorney’s Office – Criminal Division
Seattle Community Law Center
SOAR Immigration Legal Services
Social Security Administration
Solid Ground Family Assistance Program
Snohomish County Legal Services
The Municipal Research & Services Center
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, District of Oregon
U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) - Regional Office of Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division
U.S. Dept. of Labor - Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps Officer Program
U.S. Navy JAG Corps
Unemployment Law Project
Vancouver City Attorney’s Office - Civil Division
Vancouver City Attorney’s Office - Criminal Prosecution Division
Victim Rights Law Center
Washington County District Attorney
Washington State Office of the Attorney General
Youth, Rights & Justice Attorneys at Law

Questions about the NW Public Career Fairs can be directed to Tracy Sullivan at or 503-768-6886.

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