Are you interested in joining the movement to enforce the civil rights of people with disabilities who live in Washington State communities, prisons or jails, or treatment facilities?

Disability Rights Washington is announcing the availability of three $8000 grants to fund Washington State law students from diverse backgrounds to work for 10 weeks in Summer 2020 at Disability Rights Washington. The purpose of these grants is to recruit students who have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession and have lived experiences that are relevant to the diverse constituents DRW serves and to DRW’s areas of practice.

One grant is available for each of these three Disability Rights Washington Programs:

1) AVID (Disability Rights Washington’s prison/jail program),

2) Community Inclusion and Services, and

3) Treatment Facilities (which includes the Trueblood case).


Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in good standing at a Washington State law school,
  • Contribute to Disability Rights Washington’s goal to advance civil rights for individuals from diverse and marginalized communities, and
  • Self-identify as a diverse law student, including being a member of an ethnic/racial minority group, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ.

How to Apply

  • Submitting applications through the NW Public Service Career Fair is preferable: Each Program has a separate application process.
  • In your cover letter, express your interest in the 2020 Summer Diversity Grant, how you meet the above qualifications, and why working at Disability Rights Washington would further your career goals.
  • If you are not attending the NW Public Service Career Fair, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to the Director of the Program you are applying for by January 21, 2020:

If you have any questions, please contact Heather McKimmie at

DRW’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Philosophy Statement

Disability Rights Washington recognizes that the disability rights movement is inseparable from the human rights movements for racial, economic, and gender equity. We recognize that people with disabilities must be at the forefront of any successful fight for justice. Our work is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination.

DRW understands that all types of oppression are interlocking and that prejudices which harm people with disabilities are compounded based on race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. We value collaboration across movements as key to dismantling ableism, racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and transphobia within our organization, the disability rights movement, and the broader society.