Overview: The Torts Division of the Office of the Washington State Attorney General defends tort claims and cases brought against the State. This includes defending simple and complex civil litigation against the Department of Transportation (highways, ferries and aeronautics), colleges and universities, Department of Corrections, Department of Social and Health Services, Washington State Patrol, and various other State agencies. These lawsuits frequently raise claims of negligence, violations of civil rights, and violation of the Washington State Law Against Discrimination, among many others. The defense practice entails intense discovery (written and deposition), motion work and of course trials, most of which are in King County.
Duties: The Torts Division in Seattle has an opportunity for 2-3 third-year law students to gain excellent, practical experience by supporting a team of attorneys working on simple and complex cases. We offer a comprehensive litigation experience from receipt of service of a new lawsuit through trial and settlement. The person selected would serve as a volunteer law clerk or could use the opportunity to earn academic credit. We expect the selected law student to start in January 2019. The selected law clerk/extern will be expected to do the following as the opportunities arise: Review a tort claim; Experience acceptance of service of a complaint; Review a complaint and draft an answer; Draft and respond to discovery requests; Draft a motion and respond to a motion; Interview a witness; Draft a declaration; Perform investigative research including a site visit; Perform legal research; Be involved with consideration of, retention of, contracting and consulting with an expert; Attend a litigation team meeting; Participate in a case strategy planning/evaluation session; Work on a public records request; Attend a summary judgment motion hearing; Attend mediation; Help prepare for trial, prepare a trial brief, Motions in Limine, and jury instructions; and Attend a trial.
Qualifications: The division seeks candidates who: Are in their third year of law school; Attend an ABA-accredited law school for the duration of this assignment; Have taken civil procedure. Evidence and Trial Advocacy/Trial Skills optional; Has a demonstrated commitment to public service; and is Proficient in Westlaw research.
How to Apply: Interested applicants must apply HERE. In addition to the online application, one must upload, via the system: A letter of interest; Resume; Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and One letter of recommendation.* * The letter of recommendation is the only document that will be accepted separately. The letter of recommendation can be submitted by the recommender directly to the recruitment office by e-mail (Letrice.Tobin@atg.wa.gov), mail (800 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, Seattle, WA 98104) or fax (206-389-2058). Additional information (e.g., writing sample, additional letters of recommendation) will be accepted, though is not required. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered.
***Please note that the clerkship must end upon graduation from law school.***
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Letrice Tobin at (206) 587-5613 or Letrice.Tobin@atg.wa.gov.
DEADLINE: October 15, 2018