Columbia Legal Services – Volunteer Legal Observers

Position: Volunteer
Open to: All law students
Location: Seattle
Application Process: Email the contacts below.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Yurij Rudensky,, Ann LoGerfo, 

The City of Seattle has declared a state of emergency around homelessness. At the same time, the City has stepped up its sweeps of unauthorized encampments. Columbia Legal Services is looking for a few volunteer legal observers to accompany their attorneys in an effort to document these sweeps. Specifically, CLS is concerned with how sweeps are being carried out, how many people are being displaced, and where those people are expected to go, if anywhere. CLS will train volunteers on the specifics of what needs to be recorded and best practices for obtaining written declarations from affected individuals.