Aline Carton-Listfjeld joined the Center for Public Service Law as Assistant Director in 2010 and became its Director in 2015. She started her career in public service in the early 1990s working on various social justice and human rights issues as an organizer, activist, advocate and community educator. She was staff member at Seattle Rape Relief and the Tenants Union of Washington and served on several non-profit boards including the NW Network for Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse, the Benson East Tenant's Association and the Community Alliance for Global Justice. She has also been a non-profit management consultant and fundraiser for grassroots organizations.
Since joining the legal profession, Ms. Carton-Listfjeld interned for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Paris, France, and was a staff attorney representing low-income communities at the Northwest Justice Project and later at Rhode Island Legal Services. She has also managed the Channel Foundation's international graduate scholarship program for activist-scholars from the Global South and the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project and Moderate Means Program at the Washington State Bar Association.
Ms. Carton-Listfjeld provides individualized professional development coaching to students interested in pursuing careers in public service law. She also presents on a variety of public service career building topics including public interest summer funding, post-grad public interest fellowships and student loan debt relief and organizes a variety of career panels introducing students to a diversity of career options in public service law. In addition, she manages the law school's Loan Repayment Assistance Program and conducts community outreach and provides support in the administration of the Gates Public Service Law Program.
As Pro Bono Program director, Ms. Carton-Listfjeld develops and conducts substantive trainings to help students provide effective pro bono legal assistance. Trainings include professionalism, cultural/cross-difference competency, basic intake and interviewing skills and secondary trauma/compassion fatigue as well as an introduction to international human rights law. She also supervises international public interest pro bono projects including the Center for Human Rights and Justice's International Treaty Monitoring Project and provides leadership development support to law student-led pro bono projects.
Ms. Carton-Listfjeld currently serves on the Washington State Access to Justice Board's Leadership Development Committee as well as on the board of directors of the Seattle Community Law Center which works to prevent and end homelessness for low-income people through social security advocacy.