Do You Enjoy Free Film Screenings? Check Out These Amazing Films!

April 21: Special Free Screening of “Documented” in Seattle

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
6:30 PM, Siff Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Q&A with Jose Antonio Vargas and Eric Liu after the film

Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP online here.

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives. 

Click here for more information.

April 23: Webinar on Using Human Rights to Advance Racial Justice: An Introduction to the Race Treaty

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

Join the U.S. Human Rights Network’s CERD Taskforce for an introductory webinar on the “Race Treaty,” also known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and the upcoming review of the U.S. Government by the U.N. CERD Committee (PRRAC is a member of the USHRN CERD Task Force).  The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.

Click here to register.

April 23: An Evening with Rwanda: “Finding Hillywood” Film Screening & More

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Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Ethnic Cultural Center Theater (3940 Brooklyn Ave NE)
Admission: Free

Join us for an inspiring and informative film event and discussion to explore Rwanda’s history of transitional justice and healing since the 1994 genocide.

The program includes:

Transitional Justice in Rwanda: A short film by Rwandan youth about transitional justice in Rwanda, and a few video clips from interviews with personnel from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. (www.tribunalvoices.org)

Finding Hillywood: A one-hour feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and a real life example of how art heals. (http://findinghillywood.com)

Discussion: A conversation with Leah Warshawski, Director of Finding Hillywood

For more information, click here.

April 24: Webinar on Next Steps in Bringing Home the Human Right to Housing: Scholarship from the Symposium on the Human Right to Housing

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Webinar 12:00 – 1:00 PST

To celebrate the release of a special edition of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review with articles curated for last April’s Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. symposium, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review, and the Northeastern University School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy will be hosting a webinar on April 24, 2014, at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1 Mountain, 12 noon Pacific.  

The articles in this special issue of the Human Rights Law Review provide an important complement to, and expansion of, the last year’s symposium discussion, and the webinar will offer a chance to hear the authors summarize their contributions and answer questions. 

Speakers include: 

  • Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, NLCHP
  • Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs, NLCHP
  • Heather Maria Johnson, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California
  • Tristia Bauman, Senior Counsel, NLCHP
  • Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
  • Heidi Wegleitner Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Wisconsin; District 2 Supervisor, Dane County Board of Supervisors
  • Lucy Williams, Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
  • Brittany Scott, Campaign Coordinator, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative

Come and get a taste of the new thoughts, and ask questions of the authors!  Click here to register.

April 25: Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys Presents Its Annual Hospital & Health Seminar

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Friday, Apr. 25, 2014
Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (“WSSHA”) was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of information of a legal nature in the health field.

This is a great networking and learning opportunity.  The registration fee for students is $115.  If you want to attend, you should send in your check as soon as possible along with the form that you can print off of the website. This seminar is well attended by the healthcare attorneys of Seattle and a few from Spokane and Oregon so it’s a great chance to connect with attorneys who practice in the health law field.

Click here to view the brochure.  The registration form is on the brochure itself.

April 28: National Commission on Voting Rights Event at the UW Law School

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Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
4:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 138

In 2005, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the civil rights community, convened and staffed the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act (NCVRA), an eight-member blue ribbon panel which produced a fact-based report: Protecting Minority Voters: the Voting Rights Act at Work 1982 – 2005.

The Lawyers’ Committee, in close collaboration with state and local organizations, will organize the 2013-14 hearings.  The Commission will conduct fact finding hearings across the country that will look closely at the record of discrimination, election administration problems, voter registration procedures, and other challenges that voters are facing.

The Lawyers’ Committee will reach out to our partners in each of the states to work with the Commission in organizing the hearings. In addition to National Commissioners, we will invite local leaders to serve as guest commissioners. Voting attorneys, grassroots leaders, social scientists, and the public will be invited to testify. The hearing will be organized with Commissioners as questioners and panels of witnesses providing testimony. Each witness will be asked to submit a written statement (with the length at the discretion of each witness) in advance of the hearing.  During the hearing, witnesses will give oral testimony based on their written statement.  Commissioners sitting on the panel will ask questions on specific issues relating to each witnesses oral and written testimony. The hearings will also include periodic open sessions for audience members and voters to speak about their voting experience. Hearings will be held from November 2013 to spring 2014.

April 30: Dr. Bernard LaFayette “Sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and Selma: What the Civil Rights Movement and Nonviolence Tell Us Today”

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Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
10:00 AM
School of Social Work Building, 4101 15th Ave. NE, RM 305

In 1958, 18-year-old Bernard LaFayette enrolled at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. LaFayette is an African American and had lived in Florida and Pennsylvania: in the former, he was raised with segregation, in the latter, he attended integrated public schools. When he arrived at seminary, he roomed with John Lewis, now the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Within weeks, Lewis convinced LaFayette to dive into the practice of nonviolence, and they would go on to participate in some of the most crucial moments in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

In this talk, Dr. LaFayette, having earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, will speak about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, the theory and practice of nonviolence, and our responsibilities today — all with a boundless optimism and perhaps a song or two.

For more information, click here.

May 10: Presentation on Race & Jury Service: Is Jury Selection Fair?  Are All Communities Represented?

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
4:30 PM, Gates Hall RM 119

Co-sponsors: Northwest Justice Project, Whitman College, Center for Public Service Law-UW Law

Interested in the issue of minority jury representation?

On Saturday May 10th, at 4:30 pm at the University of Washington Law School, students from Whitman College’s State of the State of Latinos in Washington will be presenting their project analyzing the jury selection system in Eastern Washington. In addition, attorneys from Washington Appleseed and the Northwest Justice Project will present the work they are doing to better understand jury selection and the role that academic researchers, attorneys, and students can play in increasing minority jury participation. The location will be in Room 119 in Gates Hall, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to contact David Morales at the Northwest Justice Project, if you have any further questions.

Do You Plan on a Career in Public Service? Apply Now For LRAP!

Need Help Paying Off Student Loans? UW LRAP Applications Now Available for UW Law Grads in Public Service in WA State

LRAPapplyThe Loan Repayment Assistance Program constitutes a core component of the UW School of Law’s commitment to public service by increasing the ability of its graduates to enter public service law. The School awards $5000 to approximately three new applicants per year and will commit to awarding an additional $5000 a year for two more years for a total commitment of $15,000 per participant.

Applicants must be UW Law grads in full time public service legal employment in Washington State. For complete information on the program and to download application materials please visit hereApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 3Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

Pro Bono Honors Program Deadline Extended to Monday, April 28!

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  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, IMAP, SYLAW, ITMP, ELS research project  or a community-based legal organization between April 2013 and March 2014?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for one of these student-led pro bono projects?
  • Did you intern last summer for a public interest organization and didn’t get a summer grant, stipend or externship credit?

If you can answer YES to either of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the Pro Bono Honors Program! APRIL 28 IS FAST APPROACHING! And, it’s the last day to submit the online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours. 2Ls and 3Ls with 30 hours of qualifying pro bono service will be recognized. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you will be recognized at the May 8 PILA TGIT! Not in it for the award? We get it. The Pro Bono Honors Program though gives us the opportunity to tell the story of UW Law and what our commitment to public service really looks like.  We are also able to pull together resources to help future generations of students connect to the volunteer opportunities that resonate for them.  So please take the time to do this! Pro Bono Honors Award Law Student Checklist:

For First-Time Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Register your pledge to do pro bono
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Attend the Annual Core Competencies Training on October 12, 2013. Missed a training? Go to our training page for resources and podcasts.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Draft Essay: Write a 600-1000 word reflective essay about your pro bono work experience, observations made about the clients you’ve served or the organization you worked for and/or reflections about your professional path in public service law.
  • Certify training attendance, report hours and submit essay by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

For Returning Student Participants

  • Tie your UWNet ID to a GMail account if you haven’t already.
  • Make sure your pro bono work qualifies or contact acarton@uw.edu if you’re not sure.
  • Keep track of your hours (download tracking log):
    • We’ll need you to tell us if you you’re providing direct legal assistance and/or if you’ve been in a pro bono leadership role.
    • You’ll need a minimum of 30 hours performed between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
  • Report hours by Monday, April 28: Complete the online web form.

Ms. JD Accepting Applications for Public Interest Scholarships, Due 5/23

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Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession.

Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2014 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Associate Positions Available Across the Nation!

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Murphy Anderson PLLC Seeking Litigation Associate in Washington, D.C., Due 4/20

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Murphy Anderson PLLC, a fast-paced and innovative public interest firm, is seeking a litigation associate with 0-5 years of experience for its Washington office.  The firm represents unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers organize.  The firm also represents employees concerning unpaid wages and whistleblowers fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs.  The successful applicant will work in all areas of the firm’s practice.

Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights and public service.  Federal judicial clerkship and law journal experience are favored, as is Spanish-language proficiency.

For a complete description and application information, click here. Photo of Washington, D.C. Capitol Building courtesy of Stockvault and Nicolas Raymond.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick LLP Seeking Associate Attorney to Work in Pasadena, California, Due 4/20

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Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, a prominent civil rights and plaintiffs’ employment law firm located in Pasadena, California, announces an opening for the position of associate attorney with 0-5 years experience.  Excellent writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law are required.  Current admission to the California Bar preferred.  Judicial clerkships are a plus.  We value a diverse workplace and welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

For a complete description and application details, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads!  Northwest Office of Earthjustice Seeking Associate Attorney, Due 4/25

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Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law firm.  We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country.  We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.  We partner with thousands of groups, supporters and individuals to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change.  We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

The associate attorney program comprises a two-year position with a possible extension for a third year.  Associate attorneys work closely with staff attorneys and clients to investigate, develop, and prosecute cases.  The associate attorney program is designed to help attorneys develop into thoughtful, professional, and effective advocates skilled in the various phases of public interest litigation.  Many associates have gone on to other positions within Earthjustice or with other public interest organizations.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP Seeking Associate Attorney in Denver, Colorado

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The lawyers of KILLMER, LANE & NEWMAN, LLP are concerned, above all else, with the protection of the civil rights and liberties of our clients. In our role as trial and appellate lawyers, we are the advocates of the underdog. Whether litigating on behalf of employees against the wrongful conduct of their employers, on behalf of people against oppressive governmental conduct, or on behalf of criminal defendants, our mission, first and foremost is to defend the Constitutional and statutory rights of our clients against illegal corporate or governmental conduct and criminal accusations.

We represent people, and our opponents are almost always institutional entities. We strongly believe in, and take pride in enforcing, our Constitution and the laws guaranteeing the rights and liberties of the clients we represent.  We seek an associate attorney to join our office.  Candidates must have at a minimum a Juris Doctorate.  Bilingual in English and Spanish is helpful.  For more information about the position, contact Darold Killmer.

For more about the firm, click here.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice Accepting Applications for Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice, Due 4/30

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The Paul M. Dodyk Fellowship for Economic Justice has been established by generous donors to the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in honor of Paul M. Dodyk, past Chair of NCLEJ and a great champion of using the law to promote economic justice and fair and dignified treatment for everyone in our society, regardless of their means. The Fellowship is designed to foster the next generation of lawyers working for economic justice while enhancing NCLEJ’s capacity to serve those who have the least in our society.

For this cycle we are seeking applications from candidates who bring considerable experience in addressing issues confronting low wage workers, such as wage theft, equal pay for low-income women, and fair pay for low-income immigrant communities.

We seek energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work with a strong component addressing issues confronting low wage workers, experience in developing and implementing projects, excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, and leadership potential.

Candidates for the Dodyk Fellowship should be at a relatively early stage of their legal careers – preferably those with up to four years of practice in the public or private sector, including law clerks and current or former Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other Fellows. While preference will be given to candidates with one to four years of relevant experience after law school, third year students with extensive experience working with low wage worker issues or labor organizing may be considered. Applicants not yet admitted to the bar should be prepared to satisfy bar admission requirements.

For a complete description and application information, click here.

OCA Seeking Candidates for 2014-2015 Civil Rights Fellowship, Due 4/30

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OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is seeking qualified candidates for the 2014 – 2015 OCA Civil Rights Fellowship.

The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship is a national advocacy fellowship based at the OCA National Center in Washington DC which seeks to organize and mobilize the chapter networks across the country to support the building of individual and community capacity for greater civic engagement among Asian Pacific Americans.

The Fellow will work directly and collaborate with the OCA Chapters through a series of turn-key projects. The ultimate objective of this program is to create a movement of APAs that embrace the vision of robust civic engagement that fosters a strong democratic society for generations to come.

For a complete description of the fellowship and application instructions, click here.

Center for Reproductive Rights Seeking Advocacy Adviser in Geneva, Due 5/1

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The Advocacy Adviser will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).

The Center seeks an Advocacy Adviser for Global Advocacy who will support the Global Advocacy Team in the Global Legal Program and will report to the Director of Global Advocacy.

The position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Attention Post-Grads!  Partnership for Working Families Seeking Staff Attorney for Community Benefits Law Center, Due 5/9

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The Partnership for Working Families is a national network of leading regional advocacy organizations who find solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental problems. We are driving change in major cities across the country, bringing together community, labor, faith, and environmental partners to build coalitions and campaigns that create and sustain an economy that works for everyone. Our network does all of the kinds of work that is required to make real change. We research tough problems, develop new policy tools, give individuals a way to find power though organizing, and put together new coalitions. Most importantly, we build the long term governing power that it takes to implement our ideas and policy solutions.

The Partnership seeks a dynamic, resourceful, highly effective Staff Attorney to undertake major pieces of the core work of the Center. To be eligible, an applicant must have a J.D. and at least 2 years of work as an attorney in a field relevant to the Partnership’s work and, prior to starting work with the Center, be admitted to practice in a jurisdiction in which a Partnership affiliate is located.

For a complete job description and application information, click here.

Pro-Bono Summer Opportunities on Long Island: Hurricane Sandy Legal Assistance Work

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Hurricane Sandy struck Long Island in October 2012 devastating the lives of thousands of residents.
Thanks to a generous grant by the Rausch Foundation, Touro Law Center was able to set up TLC-HEART
(Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team) which enabled the school to provide assistance in
the immediate aftermath of the storm. At that time pro-bono opportunities involved direct client contacts,
performing intakes, and advising on where to obtain immediate survival assistance relating to food and shelter.
Now the work has evolved to researching and preparing for litigating cases in federal court on flood insurance
claims and researching and preparing policy recommendations to advocate for better disaster management
policy and procedures in case of future natural or man-made disasters. Touro Law Center’s continued work
in the area of disaster related legal assistance is now made possible by a grant from Montana Legal Services
Association which sponsors a Volunteer Sandy Assistance at Touro Law Center for a period of one year

For more information about the clinic and how to participate, click here.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of the Chair Internship Program Seeking Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 Interns, Fall 2014 Applications Due 5/16

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The Office of Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien is currently seeking interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.

The Office of the Chair (OCH), headquartered in Washington, DC, assists the Chair in fulfilling her responsibilities as Chair of the Commission and administrative head of the agency.  As one of five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the Chair votes on all matters that come before the Commission, including policy issues, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts; issues Commissioner’s charges of discrimination, where appropriate; and performs such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order.  The Chair is the official spokesperson for the Commission and is responsible for the development and implementation of Commission policies, procedures, and programs.   The Chair also handles all operational aspects of the Commission, including managing Executive and Legislative branch relationships, the budget, personnel, and EEOC’s headquarters and 53 field offices.

OCH is currently looking for 2L, 3L or LLM law student interns for Fall 2014, Winter/Spring 2015, and Summer 2015.  Successful applicants will possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills and have a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, employment law, or public interest law.  Interns will be supervised by an attorney and will have opportunities to produce a legal writing work-product.

For a complete job description and application instructions, click here.

Will You Support Students Doing Human Rights Work? Consider Donating a Day’s Pay!

April 15: Social Justice Tuesday: Working with Homeless Youth in Seattle

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Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 133

Presented by: Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington

The panel will discuss the challenges of working with homeless youth in the Seattle area. Their experiences include running programs for homeless youth, the mental health aspects of homelessness, and legislative advocacy. They will speak about the legal and non-legal issues facing homeless youth in Seattle, the organizations they work with, and how we as students can help.

Panelists:

  • Katelyn Stickel, Program Manager, Teen Feed
  • Jenny Donovan, counseling student
  • Kate Phillips, Program Director at Street Youth Ministries
  • Kimberly Schertz – 3L at UW Law

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or Email by 12:00 pm Monday, April 14, 2014. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12:00 pm.

April 16: Public Service Entrepreneurial Workshop

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Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014
3:30-5:20 PM, RM 133

Sponsored by the Center for Public Service Law

Interested in working for social justice?
Have an idea for starting up a social venture organization or business?
Want to create a different kind of law office providing legal services to underserved communities?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

Using a UW Law student’s project idea as a case study you’ll learn about the basics of business planning, corporate formation, funding through interactive exercises and lecture.

Presenters include:

  • Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian, Gallagher Law Library
  • Matt Souza, JD/MBA
  • Emily Nelson, 3L
  • Professor Jennifer Fan, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

April 21: Come See Documented the Film at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM
SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle
Tickets $12. Purchase Now

Please join us, along with our partners Define American, El Centro De La Raza and OneAmerica, on April 21 for a special one night only preview screening of DOCUMENTED, the new film by our friend Jose Antonio Vargas. Reserve your ticket today and help spread the word!

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in person in over 20 years.

April 21: Cambodian Son Screening

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
Gates Hall, RM 138
Doors open at 7:30 PM, Screening starts at 8:00 PM

“Cambodian Son” is a film chronicling the life of spoken word poet Kosal Khiev, who was born in a Thai refugee camp, came to U.S. as a child, was arrested at 16 for gang violence. He spent over a decade in California prisons before being deported to Cambodia and barred from re-entering the US. The documentary touches on the intersection of multiple social justice issues including refugee rights, immigration, juvenile justice, and the redemptive power of the arts. Director Masahiro Sugano will be speaking about Cambodian Son in a pre-screening lecture at lunch on (room 127).

If you are interested in coming, please sign up on here ASAP (ideally by Friday, April 11th, but we will accept persons who sign up later): https://docs.google.com/. The event will be made open to the public as the first screening in Seattle has already SOLD OUT. However, we will reserve a certain number of seats for law students and persons associated with the law school based on the interest you all show in coming! There are no tickets, but we ask that you consider making a donation at the door. All proceeds go to support Kosal Khiev’s art. Any questions, please email.

April 29: Reversing the Effects of Mass Incarceration: Implementing Criminal Justice Reforms

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Photo courtesy of PhotoVault & Val Lawless.

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 138, RSVP Required

The incarceration rate in the United States is the highest in the world, which has led some to call our current criminal justice structure a system of mass incarceration. This system—which contains over 2 million people in American prisons and jails—has decimated communities, especially those of color, created two tiers of justice, one for the rich and the other for the poor, and, in some instances, has resulted in government spending more money on incarceration than education.

The University of Washington School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law Program invites you to a forum on how we as a community can reverse the effects of mass incarceration through implementing criminal justice reforms. The forum will cover sentencing reform, prison rehabilitation programs, and prison reentry.

The program will start promptly at 6pm.

Presenters:

Alexes Harris, Assistant Professor, University of Washington Department of Sociology: Addressing the Juvenile Justice Pipeline to Mass Incarceration

Michael Romano, Director and co-founder of the Three Strikes Project, Stanford Law School: Righting the Wrongs of “Three Strikes” Life Sentences

Michael Santos, prison reform activist, lecturer at San Francisco State University: Prisoner Re-entry: Triumphing over Imprisonment  

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:
The Honorable Steven C. González, Washington State Supreme Court

Ari Kohn, Director: Post-Prison Education Program

Jacqueline McMurtrie, Associate Professor & Director: Innocence Project Northwest, UW School of Law

Connie Smith, Chief US Probation and Pretrial Services Officer, Western District of Washington

To attend the event, register online here.

May 3: Center for Human Rights & Justice Annual Fundraiser: Donate a Day’s Pay

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Do you have a paying summer job?  Do you care about human rights?  Like hobnobbing with professors?

Help CHRJ fund a grant for a UW law student to do human rights work this summer by “donating a day’s pay” to CHRJ’s grant fund.

The first 40 students to donate or pledge $100 or more are invited to a party at Professor Bob Anderson’s home.  Enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with your professors and classmates!

Donate during lunch at the CHRJ ‘Donate a Day’s Pay’ Table today!  Party to be held on May 3, 2014.

Click here for more information.

Donate online here.

This Just In! Don’t Miss Out On These Awesome Opportunities! Apply Now

Northside Community Law Centre in Dublin Ireland Seeking Legal Fellow, Deadline Extended to 4/18

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The Northside Community Law Centre  in Dublin  Ireland is eager to have a UW law student this summer.  We are extending the deadline for the William Sampson Program to allow students the opportunity to apply.  Although there is no funding provided, this can be an externship or students can seek alternative funding to be able to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

To apply follow the instructions here.  Deadline extended to April 18th.

Attentions 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls!  The Public Defender Service for DC Seeks a Summer Legal Intern, PAID Position, Apply Now!

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The mission of the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia is to provide and promote quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protect society’s interest in the fair administration of justice.  The Criminal Law Internship Program (CLIP) is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the fundamental investigative techniques and relevant criminal law knowledge needed to assist attorneys within the organization.  A the end of an intensive weeklong training session, the Intern Investigators are to either one or two attorneys in the Trial Division for whom they are to complete all investigative aspects of the assigned cases.  A small number of Intern Investigators may also be placed in our Civil Division, Parole Division, or other litigation divisions as needed.

The responsibilities of an Intern Investigator include locating and interviewing witnesses and clients, taking detailed witness statements, performing extensive criminal background checks, serving subpoenas, photographing and diagramming crime scenes, preparing courtroom exhibits, writing reports regarding investigative activities, assisting with case development, and generally assisting the assigned attorney(s) in and out of the courtroom.

For a complete description of CLIP and application instructions, click here.

Still Looking for Funding? Americorps JD Opportunities for Summer Funding, Due 4/15

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Students may apply through April 15 to our AmeriCorps JD program to receive a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for their summer public interest work.

This year, the focus of AmeriCorps JD is on providing legal service to veterans. AmeriCorps JD members must complete 300 hours of service by August 31 to a qualifying legal project with a legal aid organization, veterans’ law clinic, veterans treatment court, or a state or local government agency.

While we can list the benefits of being a member of AmeriCorps JD, our full-time Fellows are really the best people to testify about the importance of providing legal services to veterans.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

April 9: HIV Criminalization – The Intersections of Law, Justice and Public Health

Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM, RM 119

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Hosted by Incarcerated Mother’s Advocacy Project

Is HIV criminalization in the public interest?  Does it further public health?  Does it simply discourage testing and thus help the virus spread?  Does incarcerating people with HIV increase disease transmission in prisons?  There is much to talk about when it comes to discussions of HIV criminalization.  Join us for a lively discussion on the current state of law, public health research, and global activism to end HIV criminalization.  Danielle Askini, Executive Director of Gender Justice League and Program Manager for the QLaw Foundation will join us to discuss HIV Criminalization in the United States and Europe.

Looking for a Career in Public Service or Simply More Direct Client Work? Check Out These Announcements

Are You Primarily Interested in a Career in Public Service Law? Has it Been a While Since you Last Met with Your Public Service Career Coach?

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Whether you’ve got summer plans lined up or not, now’s a great time to reconnect with your public service career coach. We can help you strategize and discuss internships, externships, fellowships, pro bono, clinics, post grad planning and beyond, not to mention interview and networking tips. Not sure who you should be meeting with? 1Ls and 2Ls should contact Assistant Director Aline Carton-Listfjeld or schedule directly in Symplicity. 3Ls should contact Assistant Dean Michele Storms.

Youth Opportunities Act Opens Doors to Thousands of Young Adults across Washington State

By Columbia Legal Services

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OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign the Youth Opportunities Act (HB 1651) into law tomorrow, after years of negotiations resulted in overwhelming, bipartisan support for the bill from the Washington State Legislature. The Act will result in the sealing of 6,000-10,000 young adults’ juvenile offense records each year, allowing them to receive greater opportunities in housing, education, and employment. Championed by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32), and negotiated by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-27) and Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-32), the bill received near unanimous support in the Legislature.

“The Youth Opportunities Act eliminates a major barrier for many rehabilitated youth who can now contribute fully to their communities,” said Casey Trupin, Attorney with the Children & Youth project at Columbia Legal Services (CLS). “By supporting one of the biggest juvenile justice reforms in decades, the Legislature has offered a path for young adults to pursue education, employment, and housing.” For four years, CLS has worked closely with partners such as Friends of YouthFaith Action NetworkMockingbird SocietyChildren’s Alliance, and many other strong advocates to ensure this bill passed.

Continue reading here.

Looking for a Chance to Work with Clients?  The Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Spring and Summer Quarters, Applications Due 4/11

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The Statewide Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a joint venture between the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State law schools. The goal of the program is to increase access to civil legal services by people of moderate means who cannot afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for traditional legal aid services. The program is focused on the areas of Family, Housing and Consumer law.

Law students serving as MMP volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases. Qualifying cases will be referred by the MMP interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Moderate Means Program clients for a reduced fee. MMP interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of spring quarter and this summer (one hour is a weekly staff meeting).

Click here for more information.

America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race Publication Explores Poverty & Race

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America’s Growing Inequality: The Impact of Poverty and Race, edited by Chester Hartman is now available in hardcover – includes the best articles and essays from Poverty & Race; with a foreword by Congressman Luis Gutierrez. The book is a compilation of the best and still-most-relevant articles published in Poverty & Race, the bimonthly of The Poverty & Race Research Action Council from 2006 to the present. Authors are some of the leading figures in a range of activities around these themes. It is the fourth such book PRRAC has published over the years, each with a high-visibility foreword writer: Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Bill Bradley, Julian Bond in previous books, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago for this book. The
chapters are organized into four sections: Race & Poverty: The Structural Underpinnings; Deconstructing Poverty and Racial Inequities; Re(emerging) Issues; Civil Rights History.

Order here at the PRRAC discounted rate; see the Table of Contents here.

Missed the Recent SJT on Public Interest Post Grad Fellowships? Don’t Fret. We’ve got all of the info right here!

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Download our presentation slides here and watch the podcast here. You’ll find all of the essentials on the nuts and bolts of organizational and project based public interest post grad fellowships, how to find them and some strategies for successful applications.

Kirwan Institute Releases Second State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014

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With the results in the Zimmerman and Dunn trials, introducing people to Implicit Bias research seems more important than ever. The Kirwan Institute is excited to be able to continue to support the field with this new edition of State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review. Chapter 1 serves as a primer to introduce the topic, capturing some of the key ideas that were discussed at length in the 2013 edition. The next two chapters focus on the newest scholarly literature from 2013 (Chapter 2 reviews many of these recent publications, and Chapter 3 takes a step back to reflect on some of the larger trends occurring in the field). Chapters 4 and 5 delve into the concept of implicit racial bias as it operates within particular domains, specifically employment and housing (building on the sectors discussed in last year’s edition: Education, Health and Criminal Justice). The publication closes with materials in the appendices that we thought might be useful to those who are seeking to educate others regarding implicit racial bias, including “A Conversation with an Implicit Bias Skeptic.”

Click here to download the report.

Hunger Strikers Released from Solitary Confinement at the Northwest Detention Center

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By Columbia Legal Services & American Civil Liberties Union

Federal immigration authorities have released hunger strikers from solitary confinement at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The action came after the ACLU of Washington (ACLU-WA) and Columbia Legal Services (CLS) filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) from retaliating against detainees who engage in First Amendment-protected activities by placing them in solitary confinement.

“Our clients are very grateful to be out of solitary confinement after 6 days in it. This is a victory for free speech and fair treatment,” said Melissa Lee, Attorney and Institutions Project Coordinator with CLS.

“We’re very pleased that ICE has stopped retaliating against detainees engaged in peaceful protest. Punishing hunger strikers by putting them in isolation cells was an unlawful attempt to chill free speech rights” said ACLU-WA Legal Director Sarah Dunne.

Continue reading here.

Mediation Training from a Social Justice Perspective Conducted by the Social Justice Mediation Institute, May 19-23

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Hosted by the City of Seattle Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

$450 if registration completed before April 15.  $500 after April 15.  Some fee reductions available.

35.0 CLEs (5.0 ethics) approved.  (There will be a charge of $25 for members of the Washington State Bar Association asking for CLEs.)

For application and more information, please send an e-mail to Vivien.sharples@seattle.gov

This institute prepares trainees to mediate while applying a social justice lens to their own techniques.  We explore how mediation can routinely replicate inequalities despite our intensions to the contrary.  Trainees gain strategies to address these challenges while still facilitating a process with self-determination about the outcome for the disputing parties.   Concepts from narrative theory are applied to equip mediators with additional tools for effectively understanding the dispute and building agreements.

For more information about the training, click here.