2017 Sher Kung Summer FellowshiP

The QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship is a 10 week, full-time, paid summer opportunity for a graduate or law student working for a public interest organization serving the legal needs of the LGBTQ community or serving people living with HIV/AIDS.  To learn more about the life of Sher Kung, click here.  

QLaw Foundation is excited to announce our partnership with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, AND the Center for Children & Youth Justice, both of which have been selected to host the 2017 Sher Kung Summer Fellowship.  Please see below for the job description and application information.

Fellowship Description
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s mission is to promote justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy and community education.

The fellow will be based in NWIRP’s Wenatchee office and provide crucial direct legal representation and outreach to LGBTQ immigrants and/or immigrants living with HIV in rural central Washington.

Many LGBTQ immigrants in the United States were forced to flee and are afraid of returning to their country of origin due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Others are persecuted, abused and discriminated within the United States because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Those in rural communities are especially vulnerable to abuse and discrimination because of a lack of support and resources in isolated areas.

The fellow will focus on providing direct legal services, under the supervision of attorneys.  In addition to direct legal services, the fellow will conduct outreach presentations to both community members and social service providers, such as other legal service providers, farmworker advocates, medical clinics, etc.

NWIRP Wenatchee Office Description
NWIRP’s Wenatchee office focuses on providing humanitarian based immigration services to low income asylum seekers, immigrant youth, people facing deportation, victims of crime and family based applicants.

Wenatchee is located in North Central Washington, 20 miles from Leavenworth on the banks of the Columbia River between the cascades and the high desert and offers a wealth of outdoor activities.

The fellowship is open to all law students able to commit to at least 10 weeks, full time during the summer of 2017.  Applicants must have a commitment to advancing and defending the rights of low-income immigrants, excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment.  Fluency in Spanish is required.

The fellow will receive a $7500 stipend.

Application Process
Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Vanessa Gutierrez via email –  vanessag@nwirp.org with “QLAW Summer Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications must be received by February 15, 2017 for full consideration.

QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship 2017: eQuality Project at CCYJ


The Sher Kung Summer Fellow will be responsible for supporting the eQuality Project at the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ). The eQuality Project is a collaborative effort to ensure Washington’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning/queer youth in their care, collect meaningful data on the needs, experiences and outcomes of LGBTQ youth, and divert LGBTQ youth from homelessness. In partnership with over 200 stakeholders across Washington, eQuality has developed the Protocol for Safe & Affirming Care. The Protocol is a guide for professionals, volunteers, and caregivers in Washington’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems to better serve LGBTQ youth in their care. In 2017, eQuality will begin a pilot implementation of the Protocol. For more information, please visit: http://ccyj.org/initiatives/equality/


A critical component of implementing the Protocol is providing resources and support for judicial officers in juvenile court and attorneys representing youth. The primary task of the Fellow will be to develop new and refine existing resources for these judicial officers and attorneys. The Fellow will:  Survey judicial officers and attorneys to identify the most common legal issues LGBTQ system-involved youth face;  Conduct research on statutes, case law, regulations, and legal strategies surrounding those issues; and  Use this focused research to develop a CLE curriculum, bench card, legal memos, and/or sample pleadings. The Fellow may also support other pilot partners--including juvenile court administrators, probation and detention counselors, social workers, and court appointed special advocates—by assisting the eQuality Project Manager in consulting and providing technical assistance on emerging practices for better supporting LGBTQ youth, structural changes that benefit LGBTQ youth, and the collection and analyses of data. Note that the eQuality Project does not provide direct representation or service to youth.


The Fellow will be responsible for the following:  Outreach. Contact judicial officers sitting in juvenile court (or those who have recently exited), defense attorneys responsible for supervising juvenile and dependency units, and other defense attorneys who represent youth and families to interview and/or survey them about common issues impacting LGBTQ youth for which there is a lack of clarity in the law and/or guidance on legal strategies (e.g. conflicts between parental rights and a youth’s right to self-determination and access to hormone treatment).  Legal research. Conduct research in response to the specific legal questions developed, including a review of Washington statutes, regulations, case law, settlement agreements, and potentially a review of legal authority from other states.  Legal writing. Develop useful tools for judicial officers and attorneys, such as a bench card, sample pleadings, legal memos, and/or a CLE/CJE curriculum.  Other. Support pilot implementation of the Protocol by attending meetings with pilot partners and stakeholders, presenting on research, attending events and trainings, responding to requests for information, and/or participating in similar efforts as needed.


The Fellowship is open to law students with:  A commitment to improving the lives of LGBTQ youth.  Strong legal research skills.  Strong communication skills (verbal and written).  A strong team orientation.  Experience in and/or knowledge of child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems (Preferred).


The Fellow will work at CCYJ’s offices in Pioneer Square during normal business hours. The Fellow is expected to commit to working at least 10 weeks, full-time during summer 2017.


The Fellow will receive $7,500 in compensation.


Please send a cover letter, resume, list of three references, and a writing sample to Nicholas Oakley at noakley@ccyj.org with “QLaw Summer Fellowship” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is February 15th at 5pm.

CCYJ is an equal opportunity workplace and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CCYJ values a diverse workforce.