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The Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”) has established a Fellowship Program to introduce a diverse group of law students to the plaintiffs’ bar generally and to WSAJ specifically. The Fellowship Program (the “Program”) will allow selected students to observe the work of trial attorneys as part of a summer-long mentoring program. Fellows will gain exposure to the work of trial attorneys by “shadowing” two mentor law firms, each for a six week period. They will attend depositions, hearings, settlement proceedings, and possibly even trial with their mentors. They will also have the opportunity to work on short-duration projects, including a writing assignment.
WSAJ is committed to prioritizing the safety of its members and Fellows; according to state, local, and national guidelines, the Fellowship program may be a virtual experience, where Fellows connect and work with their host firms from home via Zoom or other platforms.
The Program is open to law students who (1) have completed their second year (or equivalent) of law school; (2) exhibit a diversity of traits and attributes in age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic factors or national origin or demonstrate a commitment to fostering such diversity within the legal community; (3) demonstrate a strong interest in and/or commitment to representing plaintiffs in civil actions; and (4) demonstrate a commitment to social justice.
The Fellows will be selected based on information provided in the written application materials, including the applicant’s commitment to the goals of diversity and interest in representing plaintiffs in civil actions. Other factors include past work experience and relevant coursework. Applicants selected for consideration based on the written materials will then be personally interviewed (by Zoom if necessary or per health and safety regulations) by members of the WSAJ Fellowship Taskforce. The Fellows will be selected following the interviews.
The program will run for 12 weeks – May 17 – August 6 for Seattle University, Gonzaga University, and University of Oregon students; June 14 – September 3 for University of Washington students. Fellows will be asked to commit to a minimum of 40 hours per week. They will be given a stipend on $10,000 for the 12-week program. They will be assigned to two different Mentor Firms, spending six weeks with each. The Mentor Firms vary by practice areas and by size. All Mentor Firms represent plaintiffs in civil actions; the practice areas include personal injury, employment, civil rights, and consumer law. Fellows will primarily “shadow” senior attorneys at the Mentor Firms and secondarily assist in discrete projects within the Mentor Firm. The goal is to provide Fellows with the opportunity to observe a number of different trial lawyers during different aspects of litigation, including conducting depositions, attending hearings, meeting with clients, or trial. Mentors will ensure that the Fellows are primarily engaged in observing a variety of tasks confronting trial lawyers in advocating on behalf of clients. At the end of the Program, Fellows will be required to complete a written evaluation and an exit interview.
Students seeking consideration for a Fellowship must submit their application no later than 5PM, October 16, 2020. Based upon qualifications, the WSAJ Fellowship Taskforce will invite applicants to be interviewed. Interviews will take place via Zoom in November. Students selected for the Fellowship will be notified in the month of December.
Apply Online here. Please be prepared to also include a current résumé and a personal statement of no longer than 1,000 words describing their interest in the plaintiff's practice and their commitment to social justice and diversity, including the role of diversity and social justice in the practice of law.
Please contact Raphaela Weissman at (206) 464-1011 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
THE WSAJ FELLOWS
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Rigoberto Garcia – Gonzaga University
Joanne Lee – Seattle University
Samantha Struve – Seattle University
Jeffrey Thomson - Seattle University
Caroline Aubry – Seattle University
Kylie Fisher – University of Washington
Joss Horslen – Seattle University
Erica Khaine – Seattle University
Grace Maldonado – Gonzaga University
Alyssa Nevala – University of Washington
Vanessa James – University of Washington
Raeanne Miller – University of Washington
Tirra Seely – Gonzaga University
Igor Shapiro – Seattle University
Harsimran (Sim) Janjua – Seattle University
Lucio Maldonado – Gonzaga University
Ivona Ogramic – Seattle University
Crystal Pardue – University of Washington
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