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  • 01/07/2024 4:33 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)











    December 1, 2023  

    Open until filled; interviews anticipated to occur beginning in March 2024.  

    The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington is seeking qualified candidates  from all backgrounds for the position of Career Law Clerk or Term Law Clerk for United States  District Judge Tana Lin in Seattle, Washington. Please indicate in your letter of interest if you  want to be considered for a term clerkship, career clerkship, or both. The term clerkship will  

    be for a minimum one-year term but may be extended by mutual agreement. Judge Lin  prefers term clerks willing to serve for 18 to 24 months but this is not a mandatory  requirement. The start date for this position is anticipated to be in or around October 2024.  

    All law clerks work closely with Judge Lin on civil and criminal litigation filed in District  Court. Law clerks conduct research and prepare drafts of opinions and orders. Law clerks will be involved in courtroom proceedings, help administer a judicial extern program, and  may have the opportunity to work on various long-term projects. Law Clerks are also  responsible for some administrative duties in chambers. A Career Law Clerk may take on  additional administrative responsibilities in chambers, generally assist in running chambers,  and provide oversight for term law clerks and externs. 

    Candidates must be law school graduates from an accredited law school; be organized  and work well independently; possess excellent research and writing skills; be  experienced with Word, Westlaw, Lexis, and related software; and must have a  demonstrated commitment to diversity and an inclusive work environment. Candidates  for the Term Law Clerk position must have at least one year of federal clerkship  experience or two years of litigation experience. Candidates for the Career Law Clerk  position must have at least two years prior federal judicial clerkship experience or three  years of litigation experience.  

    Judiciary Salary Plan (JSP) Grade 11 – 14, depending on experience, qualifications, and bar  membership. 

    Salary range: $76,860 to $129,451 annually, full-time  

    The U.S. District Court provides a generous benefits package, competitive salary, ORCA  transit pass and a dedication to work/life balance, including flexible schedules and  telework opportunities. All law clerks are eligible for health and life insurance benefits,  long term care options, annual and sick leave accrual, and eleven paid holidays per year. Judiciary employees are not covered by the Office of Personnel Management’s civil service  classification system or regulations. For additional information on employment with the  federal courts, please visit





    Qualified applicants should submit the following: 

    A letter of interest (Cover Letter) 

    A current resume 

    A response to the Statement of Qualifications, below 

    A minimum of three professional references. Applicants with prior clerkship  experience should include contact information for all judges for whom the applicant  has clerked. 

    A writing sample that is five to ten pages in length 

    Applications submitted via e-mail and/or OSCAR are preferred. Attachments must be  submitted as Microsoft Word (DOC) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files. Other formats are not  acceptable. Applications will only be considered complete when the required attachments,  with the required information in the appropriate format, are received. Incomplete  applications may not be considered in the recruitment process. 

    Any application materials not submitted through OSCAR may be submitted via e-mail to: 

    or mailed to:  

    The Honorable Tana Lin 

    U.S. District Court 

    700 Stewart Street, Suite 13229 

    Seattle, WA 98101  

    The Statement of Qualifications must address the following and be 12-point font, single spaced, minimum one-inch margins, and no more than three pages.  

    1. Judge Lin has a strong commitment to fostering the development of lawyers who  contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of the legal profession. What unique  background or experience (personal and/or professional) do you have that will  contribute to the environment and work of Judge Lin’s chambers? 

    2. Provide an example of a public service or volunteer experience you have engaged in,  why you chose to pursue it, and how it has shaped the lawyer you are today. 3. Explain why you think who you will be compatible with Judge Lin as a person and as  a judge. Please use publicly available information to respond to this question.  4. For applicants for the Career Law Clerk position: Why do you want to be a career law  clerk? 

    Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position. Applicants must be United  States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. Employees of the United States  District Court are considered “at will” employees. Applicants selected for interviews must  travel (for in-person interviews) or connect via Zoom (for remote interviews) at their own  expense. 

    The United States District Court requires employees to follow a code of conduct which is  available upon request. Reference checks with current and former employers will be  conducted on top candidates. A background investigation with law enforcement agencies,  including fingerprint and criminal record checks, will be conducted as a condition of  employment. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending  successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination  of employment. 

    The Federal Financial Management Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages.

    The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is an Equal  Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals and seek a  diverse pool of applicants in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and  expression, sexual orientation, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, disability, religion,  and socio-economic circumstance. 

    The Court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a  reasonable accommodation, please notify human resources. The decision on granting  reasonable accommodations will be made on a case by case basis. 

    The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw  the announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, any of which may  occur without prior written or other notice. If a position becomes vacant in a similar  classification, within a reasonable time from the original announcement, the court may  select a candidate from the applicants who responded to the original announcement without  posting the position. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

    The United States District Court is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace.

  • 01/07/2024 12:46 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP is seeking a Trial Associate with three to five years of experience to join our Seattle office. The associate will have the opportunity to work in all phases of litigation, from pleading through trial and appeal. Cases will cover a wide range of industries. The position would involve significant responsibility over pending cases, in-court experience, and motion-drafting and meaningful roles in evidentiary hearings and trials. Specifically, the associate will handle the following types of tasks for complex litigation matters:
    - discovery
    - oral advocacy
    - brief writing
    - depositions
    - research
    - trial preparation 
    - trial 

    Required qualifications include:

    - A JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school
    - Three to five years of general commercial litigation experience (state and federal)
    - Washington bar admission, or the ability to be admitted to the Washington bar
    - Excellent research and writing skills
    - Strong communication skills
    - Top academic credentials


    Preferred qualifications include:

    - Financial services/securities litigation experience

    - Trusts & Estates/fiduciary litigation experience


    For Seattle applicants only, the salary range for this position is $205,000 - $260,000. Pay is determined based on depth of experience in the practice area. The individual hired for this position may have the option of electing a lower billable-hours track with a proportional reduction in salary. Associates are eligible to participate in Dorsey’s associate bonus program, subject to the program’s conditions and restrictions.


    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.


    About Dorsey

    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

    - Technology


    Among Dorsey’s many distinguished alumni are U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, noted law professor and scholar William Prosser, Minnesota’s first woman judge Betty Washburn, former U.S. Vice President and Ambassador to Japan Walter Mondale, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York Zachary Carter, and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. 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)

    - Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplace (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)


    How to Apply
    Dorsey accepts online applications at We do not accept application materials by mail or email except as a reasonable accommodation for qualified disabled applicants. Dorsey is committed to providing disability and religious-based reasonable accommodations, as well as pregnancy or lactation-related reasonable accommodations. If you require a reasonable accommodation during the application and hiring process, or if you have questions about a workplace reasonable accommodation, please contact us at 612-492-5033.

  • 01/07/2024 12:45 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    In State v. Blake (2021) the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the state's former drug possession law was unconstitutional.  As a result, thousands of persons in Washington state may be eligible to have their convictions vacated, and/or may be eligible for resentencing.  The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Blake Defense Team has funds available to contract with attorneys to represent indigent persons who may be eligible for relief from unconstitutional convictions per State v. Blake.  OPD is requesting applications for attorney representation in Cowlitz, Grant, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties.  The brief, easy-to-complete application (RFQ) is available at his link: Employment and Contracting Opportunities | Office of Public Defense (


  • 11/18/2023 8:05 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Multiple positions are open.  Here is a link to their career page:

    The link to careers page is:

  • 11/18/2023 8:03 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Grays Harbor County Department of Public Defense is seeking to add a full-time defense dedicated attorney. The Department of Public Defense is making strides to transform the defense culture and increase defender diversity. The court and legal climate are changing. This position will fit most levels of experience.


    This full time County employee will represent indigent clients in the courts of Grays Harbor County in all phases of criminal proceedings, including first appearance, arraignment, pretrial hearings, trial preparation and investigation, plea negotiations, trial, and sentencing.


    The position requires minimal experience and provides opportunities for trial training

    and advancement possibilities.


    Full Job Description and Application link:



    Why work or live in Grays Harbor County.

    • Living in Grays Harbor County provides a rural northwest environment.  The County boarders the Pacific Ocean with more than 50 miles of beaches, with 7 rivers to fish, there are numerous outdoors activities, limited road traffic, and only a short drive to Olympia or Portland.


    Live Here - Greater Grays Harbor

  • 11/09/2023 9:57 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    AB v. DSHS (TRUEBLOOD) Legal Fellow, Full-Time and Exempt Employee, Reports to the Director of Treatment Facilities Program

    Disability Rights Washington (DRW) seeks a full-time Legal Fellow to work on the AB v. DSHS (Trueblood) lawsuit. This fellowship is limited to a 24-month term, with the potential for additional employment if DRW determines that additional funding is secured or available. You can view our Employment page here to see other open positions at DRW.

    DRW understands the importance and contribution of candidates with lived experience. People with disabilities, African American, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and those from other oppressed groups and all protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. Given the class members in Trueblood are people with significant mental illness held in jails and psychiatric hospitals, attorneys with mental health conditions who have lived experience with these systems would be especially well-suited for this fellowship.

    Candidates must be dedicated to participating in DRW’s daily attempts to apply Disability Justice and race equity principles to our work. Information about Disability Justice can be found here: DRW is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and expects employees to participate in DEI-related work and trainings. Information about DRW and DEI can be found here:

    This position will be based in either our Seattle or Spokane office. There is the option to work remotely at least part of each week. The fellow must reside in Washington within six weeks of starting the position.

    Here is the link for all the information: 

  • 11/01/2023 11:59 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S. (“CH&”) is a full-service law firm in Seattle that advises our diverse client base in multiple practice areas, including land use, real estate, construction, business, corporate finance, litigation, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights.

    Our hallmark culture hinges upon respect, collegiality, and genuine care which extends to all CH& employees, as well as to our clients and their teams. 

    We are currently seeking an associate with two to five years of experience in Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights to join our Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Team. Our ideal candidate is a team player willing to take ownership of client cases/files, including direct contact with clients and staff to make for a seamless transition for our clients through their cases. All work is performed in an office environment or courtroom. This position requires research, drafting of court briefs and other documents, strategizing with team members and clients, advising clients, and appearing on behalf of clients in court.

    Clients include national and regional banks, community banks, state and federal court receivers, special servicers, bridge lenders, borrowers, companies, and purchasers of distressed businesses. Successful candidates will assist the Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Team in:

    Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

     Providing legal advice and guidance to clients.

     Appearances before federal bankruptcy court judges in commercial bankruptcies (primarily Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 matters), and state court including but not limited to receivership proceedings as well as other commercial litigation matters related to judgment collection, liens, or voidable transfer litigation.

     Drafting and/or supervising the drafting of memorandum, loan documents, court briefs, and other bankruptcy and receivership pleadings.

     Participate in bankruptcy preparation and reporting requirements throughout the end-to-end lifecycle of case administration (filing preparation, bankruptcyreporting, claims support, and plan support).

     Understanding of financial statements, valuation techniques, and bankruptcy and receivership codes and statutes.

     Participating in state and federal receivership cases (whether moving for a

    receiver for our secured lender clients or representing our receiver clients in

    liquidating businesses or properties in other cases).

     Creditors’ rights litigation including actions on guarantees, lender liability claims, and voidable transfer and preference actions.

     Ability to maintain attention to detail and produce high-quality work.

     Ability to work in a high-demand, fast-paced environment and meet short


     Professional interaction with others in person, in virtual meetings, and through email and phone.

     Must be able to spend long periods of time in a stationary position working at a computer workstation (sit/stand desk is available).

    Secondary Functions:

     Attend Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group and other meetings and firm

    events, as required.

     Participate in and represent the firm in business development activities and

    initiatives, including local, regional and national insolvency conferences.

     Initiate and respond to phone calls, emails, etc.

     Other duties as assigned.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

     Supervise the work of legal assistants, and possibly paralegals.

    Education and/or Experience:

     Undergraduate and JD degrees from accredited academic institutions.

     Current WSBA membership.

     Licensed to practice law in the state and admitted to the Bankruptcy Court.

     Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

     Excellent legal writing and oral communication skills

     Excellent interpersonal skills.

     Effective delegation and training skills.

     Excellent critical thinking and listening skills.

     Be responsive to needs of case, client and team.

     Able to collaborate as part of a team, but also work independently.

    Our firm is committed to racial equality and social justice and our Racial Equality & Social Justice Plan invites all attorneys and staff to engage, take action, and continue to broaden diversity and awareness in our communities. The CH& Diversity Team was started in 2004 and drives the firm’s initiatives and action. For more information, go to

    Diversity | Cairncross & Hempelmann .

    Compensation range: $150,000 – $200,000 annually. Benefits include but not limited to:

    Medical and Vision insurance, Voluntary Dental insurance, Health Reimbursement

    Account Plan, Cafeteria Plan, Life / AD&D insurance, Long-term Disability insurance,

    Whole life with Long-term care rider, Retirement Plan 401(k), Vacation, Sick/Safe

    Leave, and Orca Pass/parking subsidy.

    Send Resume, Writing Sample, and Transcripts to .

  • 11/01/2023 11:54 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The Regulatory Services Counsel position is a temporary contracted position with a limited duration of approximately 6 months. The independent contractor is not entitled to any of the benefits that WSBA makes available to its permanent employees.

    This position conducts character and fitness reviews and analysis, investigations, and hearings for all applicants for admission, special admission, reinstatement, limited licensing, change of status, and the APR 6 Law Clerk program. They serve as a resource on character and fitness matters, review accommodation requests associated with exam applications, and serves as Presiding Officer or in another capacity at the Bar Exam.

    Education Required:

    • Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate or successful completion of the APR 6 Law Clerk program, with current license in good standing to practice law in Washington

    Education Preferred:

    • n/a

    Experience Required:

    • Minimum of 2 years active law practice experience required; experience must involve actual trial, administrative hearing, or alternative dispute resolution experience.

    Experience Preferred:

    • 5 years active law practice experience involving actual trial, administrative hearing, or alternative dispute resolution experience and/or experience as a prosecutor or public defender.
    • Personally, performing investigations or working with an investigator or investigative paralegal to conduct investigations.
    • Working in a regulatory agency or other position that requires frequently determining whether rules and regulations apply to specific applications or situations.
    • Working in a fast-paced environment with a heavy workload, tight deadlines, significant public contact, and frequent interruptions

  • 10/24/2023 10:42 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    The City of Bainbridge Island invites applications from qualified attorneys who are interested in serving as the presiding judge of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Court. The municipal judge is appointed by the city manager, subject to confirmation by the city council. The selected applicant will fulfill the term of the departing judge, which ends December 31, 2025.

    This is a half-time (20 hours per week) position.

    Pursuant to the requirements of Washington State General Rule (GR) 29, the Bainbridge Island Municipal Court judge must be responsible for leading the management and administration of the court’s business, developing and implementing policies and procedures that improve the court’s effectiveness, and allocating resources to maximize the court’s ability to resolve disputes fairly and expeditiously.

    The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors that violate city ordinances and state laws through adoption by reference. The court also has jurisdiction over civil infractions that violate city ordinances, Title 46 state traffic laws through adoption by reference, and other state laws that specifically confer municipal court jurisdiction. The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court is a federally-designated passport agent and processes 450 applications per year.

    The Bainbridge Island Municipal Court is staffed by a Court Administrator, two Senior Judicial Specialists and a part-time Judicial Specialist.

    The salary of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Court judge is a pro-rated amount of the District Court Judge salary as established by the State of Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. The City provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for the employee and any qualified dependents.

    The City will begin first review of applications at 4 pm on October 26, 2023. Applications received after this deadline may be considered at the discretion of the City.

    For more information or to apply visit

  • 10/24/2023 10:39 AM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

    With approximately 45 attorneys, Stoel Rives has one of the largest real estate and construction practices on the west coast. Our attorneys pride themselves on providing companies in the real estate development industry with strategic and practical legal advice. 

    As a member of the Real Estate and Construction team, you can look forward to being part of a dynamic practice with other lawyers and professionals who thrive in a stimulating, collaborative environment.

    Like all of the firm’s practice groups, the Real Estate and Construction group at Stoel Rives greatly values diversity. In 2022, forty percent of attorneys and thirty-three percent of new attorney hires identify as diverse (women, racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities). 

    Role Overview

    The Seattle office of Stoel Rives is seeking an associate with 4+ years of sophisticated construction litigation and contract drafting experience for its Construction and Design subgroup. You will work on a number of construction and design contracts, using different project delivery systems, as well as a wide variety of litigation matters related to construction projects, both public and private.

    Members of our team can expect to benefit from involvement in the local business community and major development projects, high quality mentoring and training, cross-office collaboration, and meaningful client contact. 

    The Skills Needed to Be Effective in This Role

    We pride ourselves in forming diverse teams with a wide array of interpersonal and professional attributes. We don’t expect any one person to embody all of these skills, but the below serves to describe our ideal team player. If you have most of these skills, and are enthusiastic to learn, we encourage you to apply. 


    •            4+ years of sophisticated construction litigation and contract drafting experience, including on industrial, multi-family, commercial, and large residential development matters;
    •            Strong interpersonal skills such as ability to develop and nurture relationships with colleagues, clients and industry partners;
    •            Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    •            Detail orientation and pride in your work;
    •            Good judgment, responsiveness, and perseverance;
    •            Intellectual curiosity and desire to learn;
    •            Self-motivation and desire to build a positive reputation for yourself and your firm;
    •            A commitment to client service and team success;
    •            JD from an accredited university; and
    •            Active membership in or commitment to applying for the Washington State Bar.



    Stoel Rives: Part of Our Team

    A broader question you may have is, “How will this position enhance my legal skills and career trajectory?”  At Stoel Rives, we offer a unique lateral integration program and core competency model that are designed to provide a roadmap of the practical skills, abilities, and client service techniques our lawyers need to succeed and progress at the firm.  We also established a New Lawyer Integration Program that has deepened our relationships and connections with our new lawyers, while providing them with the mentoring, resources, and information necessary for success.

    How You Will Live Life Well at Stoel Rives: Compensation, Benefits, and More! 

    The pay range for this position in the State of Washington is $220,000+; however, the base compensation presented to a candidate may vary based on skills and overall experience. This information is provided per Washington’s Equal Pay and Opportunities Act. This salary range is based on market location.

    In addition to base compensation, Stoel Rives has a total rewards program that includes an annual discretionary bonus and rich benefits offerings.  For example, our benefits offerings include paid family & medical leave (and an on/off-ramp program for expecting parents), unlimited PTO, a flexible schedule program, remote work options, and a sabbatical program for eligible attorneys.  We also offer competitive and robust medical, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, AD&D, EAP, FSA, and Voluntary Life, ADD, and LTC options.  We also provide a generous firm-contributed health savings account and a pre-tax transportation/parking plan.  To help meet billable hour expectations, we also allow up to 50 hours of billable credit for diversity, equity, and inclusion-related activities, as well as an additional up to 50 hours for pro bono activities.  

    We are also proud participants of the ABA Well-Being Pledge, strongly believing that the well-being of our employees is paramount to the success of the firm. In addition, the firm’s Culture Committee supports the firm’s mission, vision, and values in bringing together spectacular client service and job satisfaction.  

    To learn more about the benefits of working as an attorney at Stoel Rives, click here.

    What We Are Doing to Ensure A Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Environment

    Stoel Rives places a high priority on attracting and retaining lawyers with different backgrounds and life experiences. This makes us better and happier as people, as an organization, and as legal advisers. We are proud to offer many engagement opportunities including a firmwide DE&I Committee, Associates Committee, Pro Bono Committee, Affinity Groups, and Parenting Circle.

    We proudly partner with Diversity Lab to implement innovative programs to advance Stoel Rives’ DE&I goals, including the aggressive metrics-based goals we’ve adopted as one of five founding Move the Needle Fund firms. Our efforts with Diversity Lab include certification under the Mansfield Rule, to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in our firm’s leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for opportunities. Additional information can be found here.