Figure out your post-grad finances and how to make the most of your public service experience and more this week!

April 27: Financial Planning for Law Grads

Please join the Center for Public Service Law’s Aline Carton-Listfjeld and Dean Le from Admissions and Financial Aid on Monday, April 27 at 12:30 PM in Room 133. This presentation will discuss financial planning and loan repayment options for graduating law students. It will also be beneficial for 1Ls and 2Ls, in preparation for the not-too-distant future.

April 27: Breakfast with Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge, the Executive Director of the Global Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights will be visiting the law school on Monday April 27 to speak during our Global Mondays series. Mark works with leading companies from around the world on business and human rights issues and has extensive experience working in public interest work in  India and elsewhere. He  has graciously offered to speak with students over breakfast about careers on Monday morning at 8:30 am – please let me know if you are interested by sending me an email to arama@uw.edu

April 28: Social Justice Tuesday – Making the Most of Your Public Service Experience This Summer

SJT

Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 12:30 PM in Room 127 for a panel discussion on making the most of your public service experience. Panelists will address several questions including addressing everything from getting good supervision to work attire to trouble shooting problem situations at work.

Our student panelists will share tips and strategies on how you can make the most from your upcoming summer in public service.

If you would like lunch RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@u.washington.edu by 12:00 pm Monday, April 27, 2014

Student presenters include:

  • Janelle Chase, 2L
    • 1L summer:  Extern, Washington State Attorney General’s Office, WISHA team in the Labor and Industries Division
    • 2L summer:  Will serve as a summer Associate at Gordon Thomas Honeywell in the plaintiff civil rights and employment practice
  • Victoria Clark, 3L
    • 1L summer: The People’s Law Office Chicago, IL
    • 2L summer:  Bronx Defender Bronx, New York
  • Weston LeMay, 2L
    • 1L summer:  Earth Rights International, Lima, Peru
    • 2L summer: Will intern at Earth Justice, Seattle WA
  • Moderator, Bruna Estrada, 1L: Will work at Public Advocates in San Francisco, CA this summer

April 28: Asylum Claims for Children from Mexico and Central America

Please join us this upcoming Tuesday, April 28 from 12-1 p.m. PST for a free webinar training on Asylum Claims for Children from Mexico and Central America. 

This training will examine potential asylum claims for children from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We will provide a basic overview of substantive child asylum law followed by a discussion of key findings from CGRS’s recent report, Childhood and Migration in Central and North America. The report resulted from a two-year regional investigation into the root causes of child and family migration, as well as gaps in migrant protection. Many of its findings—particularly with respect to intrafamilial and gang violence in the region—are relevant to the claims of child asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The full study, a summary, and recommendations are available here.

April 29: Enrique’s Journey & America’s immigration dilemma – UW Tacoma

The face of Latino migration is often assumed to be that of an adult male. But the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario tells a different story, one whose protagonists are increasingly women and children. In this lecture, Nazario revisits her three-month endeavor to document in photographs one migrant boy’s journey atop trains to the United States, and discusses how current proposed immigration legislation offers more shortcomings than solutions.The event will take place at 6:30 PM in William W. Phillip Hall. 

April 29:  Public Interest Private Firms 

Passionate about public interest work?  Curious about how private firm work can fit with your values? Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at 12:30 PM in Room 127 for an engaging panel discussion with attorneys working for plaintiff-side public interest firms. Hear about their career paths, prac- tice areas, commitment to social justice work and tips on how to pur- sue public interest opportunities in the private sector!
Featuring:
  • Linda Lillevik, Partner, Carey Lillevik, PLLC
  • Erin Pettigrew, Associate, Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC
  • Xana Moore-Wulsin, Partner, Strata Law Group
  • Manuel (Manny) Rios, Partner, Rios & Cruz, PS

May 1: The Washington International Law Journal’s symposium on The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Washington International Law Journal’s Symposium on The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will bring together high-level officials, academics, and experts to discuss to debate the proposed SDGs and explore the prospects for a truly transformative post-2015 development agenda. This event will take place on Friday May 1, 2015 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

In 2000, the United Nations adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, demonstrating its commitment to eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and ensure environmental sustainability by 2015. The UN has made significant progress in these efforts, but the MDGs have been criticized for their lack of attention to key issues.  In 2012, the UN set in motion the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals, to build off of the successes and failures of the MDGs. The UN General Assembly will consider these goals and adopt the SDGs in September of 2015. 

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate the Earth today and every day (and check out this week’s announcements)!

April 30: Attention Students! Pro Bono Honors Society Deadline Reminder!

  • Did you volunteer for IFAP, PFJP, SYLAW, CHRJ App Help, ELS research project between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you do law-related pro bono work for a community-based legal or public interest organization between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • Did you volunteer as a case manager or leader for a student-led pro bono project between April 2014 and March 2015?
  • 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 any of these questions you are likely eligible to participate in the UW Law Pro Bono Honors Society!

Submit your online form so that you can be recognized with fellow students, faculty and staff with a Pro Bono Service Award at graduation! Don’t forget the program recognizes student leaders pro bono legal assistance projects as well as legal assistance hours.

For complete information please click here.

May 2: Cambodian Son film screening hosted by Post-Prison Education ‘program, Asian American Journalists Association, and Prison and Family Justice Project

Please join the Post-Prison Education Program, Asian American Journalists Association, and Prison and Family Justice Project for a showing of the film CAMBODIAN SON on Saturday, May 2nd at 7pm at AMC Pacific Place 11. The cost of admission is $7 (available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets)

 **Director Masahiro Sugano will be in attendance, and there will be a live video Q&A with Kosal Khiev after the screening**

Synopsis: “Cambodian Son” is a documentary 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, and 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 U.S. The documentary touches on the intersection of multiple social justice issues including refugee rights, immigration, juvenile justice, and the redemptive power of the arts.

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

image001The 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 Monday, June 1. Questions about LRAP? Email Aline Carton-Listfjeld.

The application deadline has been extended to MAY 31 to earn a $1,212 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award through our AmeriCorps JD Program! APPLICATION AND PROGRAM OVERVIEW

c4ca2-6a00d8341bfae553ef01b8d1022e63970c-800wiDid you find an unpaid summer service position at a nonprofit or government office? We are seeking more students working in our priority areas defined below. Find some organizations on our website that may have openings. Complete our quick application with a brief description of the service, a resume, and identification. Review our guide!

  • Complete and record 300 hours of service by August 31, 2015.
  • Earn a $1,212 education award!

PRIORITY AREAS: Priority will be given to applications from students who are spending at least 50 percent of their 300 hours serving veterans, military families or victims of disasters, or focusing on removing barriers to employment or housing. We also have many spots available for students working with other populations and in other areas of law.

  • Working with veterans and military families can include issues such as family law, housing, homelessness, health care, disability, and public benefits.
  • Removing barriers to employment or housing can include sealing, expunging, and/or correcting criminal records; correcting credit reports; helping clients to obtain occupational licenses; restoring driver’s licenses that are necessary for work; and/or other applicable services focusing on legal barriers to employment or housing.

Some more examples of the type of work students can do within priority and other areas include:

  • Direct legal services: intake, legal form preparation, performing client and witness interviews, advocating for clients by telephone and in person, attending hearings, assisting attorneys in legal representation, carrying out legal research and writing
  • Outreach and education: developing and distributing fact sheets, developing and delivering training on legal topics or on how to access legal services, ensuring potential clients are aware of their rights and available services
  • Capacity building: activities which build the capacity of your host organization or other organizations to provide services in the previously specified priority areas, such as an organizational assessment, compiling best practices, organizing focus groups, leading planning committees

The AmeriCorps program, under the Corporation for National and Community Service, has a list of prohibited activities that cannot be included in the hours of service completed to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. A list of these activities can be found here.

APPLY: Students serving in the priority areas or other issue areas may apply now through 5 p.m. EDT on MAY 31, 2015. Questions may be directed to AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.

AMERICORPS JD PROGRAM RESOURCES: Check out more details and our free resources on this program below, and please share with others who may be interested.

  • Organizations looking for students in our priority and other issue areas
  • Hear from an AmeriCorps JD member in our new video
  • Graphics that can be linked on a website or printed and posted around your campus:

Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (FIHRE) Program

campfire_with_vickie_sharing2Our FIHRE program aims to share and equip movement leaders with strategies, standards, and tools to build a people-centered human rights movement. The Program will cover:

  • core human rights principles with emphasis on developing and applying analyses inclusive of economic, social, cultural rights and the intersections of race, class, gender, gender identity, and sexuality;
  • human rights strategies for advancing domestic accountability; and
  • strategic campaign development for a human rights agenda.

Sessions will be led by experienced educators, organizers, and facilitators. Fellows will work individually and in groups to apply the skills and knowledge shared during the program, and draw from their own experience, to develop and present a final action plan for implementation in their work.

The two and a half day intensive program will accept 8-12 participants on a range of criteria: including experience, issue focus, race/ethnicity, gender, and geographic diversity, and goals. Participation costs, including flight, lodging, and meals, will be covered by the USHRN. Any additional costs, including local transportation in home and host cities and other incidentals, will be covered by the participant.

Additional support will be provided to the fellows in the year following the two and a half day program, including advice on implementation of human rights strategies, educational webinars, and opportunities for fellows to share their work with USHRN members and partners.

Last year’s cohort included a dynamic team of leaders in different movements. We encourage women of color and youth to apply.

Application Deadline: April 26, 2015, 11:59pm Eastern. Apply Today!

Attention soon-to-be 3Ls with an interest in litigation!

Rising 3L students with an interest in litigation—particularly litigation in the Seattle state and federal courts—are encouraged to apply for membership in the 2015-2016 William L. Dwyer Inn of Court. The Inn is a cooperative venture between the King County Bar, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of the Inn meet in the evening to discuss litigation practice, have dinner together, and learn about a topic of general legal interest.

 Members of the Inn are assigned to small groups, each of which comprises local judges, attorneys with at least ten years of experience, accomplished young attorneys, and third-year law students, including both civil and criminal practitioners. This mixture of people advances one of the Inn’s primary goals: mentoring young lawyers and law students who are dedicated to high-quality and ethical lawyering. The Inn provides a unique experience for students to meet leaders of the Seattle legal community, benefit from their experience, and collaborate on a topical presentation.

 Students selected for the Inn must commit to attending monthly dinner meetings on the second Tuesday of each month from October to May. At one such meeting, your assigned group (with judges and lawyers) will be responsible for the monthly presentation. Students with Tuesday evening conflicts are therefore ineligible for membership. The student membership fee for the year is $100, which covers the cost of the monthly food and drink. In the past the School of Law has covered the membership fee, and I anticipate the same for the coming year.

The deadline for applications to the Inn is June 1, 2015. Your application should include a current resume and a cover letter demonstrating a commitment to litigation and explaining your interest in the Inn. Please submit your materials to Amelia Vassar at advassar@uw.edu or in person in Room 422.

If you have any additional questions about the Inn, please contact David Ziff, the School of Law’s representative to the Inn, at dziff@uw.edu or stop by his office in Room 312.

Awesome opportunities, from LGBTI work to research, headed your way!

LOOKING FOR THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH CLIENTS?The UW Bridging the Gap/Moderate Means Program is Recruiting Interns for Summer and Fall Quarters

  • Open to: All students
  • Time Commitment: Minimum of five hours a week up to full time
  • Application Process: Submit a letter of interest and resume to Ann Spangler
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Contact: spangler@uw.edu

The Bridging the Gap program is a UW Law in-house pro bono program that is a great way to get experience interviewing lots of clients without having to leave Gates Hall!  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 Bridging the Gap volunteer interns will interview potential clients by telephone to collect information and evaluate their cases.  Qualifying cases will be referred by the interns to participating attorneys who have agreed to represent Bridging the Gap clients for a reduced fee. Interns will be expected to commit to a minimum of five hours a week for the duration of the summer, but may also work more if they are able to.

Benefits to students:

  • Hands-on experience interviewing clients;
  • Training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interviewing skills and ethics;
  • Instruction on how to use the Legal Server database, which is used by most of the civil legal aid organizations in Washington State;
  • Supervision and mentoring by experienced attorneys;
  • The satisfaction of helping moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all.

Questions?

Contact Clay Wilson, Affiliate Instructor of Law, at clayw2@uw.edu.

Due April 28: New attorney position with Assistant United States Attorney at USAO EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON

The office currently has an Assistant United States Attorney position available in the Criminal Division, Spokane office. The attorney selected will be part of a dedicated team assisting in the enforcement and prosecution of federal criminal laws. The primary assignments for this attorney be the investigation and prosecution of white collar fraud and economic crimes, but will also include a wide-range of criminal matters involving firearms, drug trafficking, immigration, counterfeiting, child exploitation, explosives, and violent crimes. This is a full-time, permanent position.

The office is located in Spokane in eastern Washington. The Eastern District of Washington is comprised of 20 counties and is bordered by Canada to the north, Oregon to the south, Idaho to the east, and the summit of the Cascade Mountains to the west. This area is rich in rolling farm land, forested mountains, and arid desert. Because this area celebrates four distinct seasons, recreational opportunities are numerous and include, bicycling, hiking, snow skiing, water sports, fishing and hunting. More information on Spokane and its educational opportunities, medical facilities, arts, sports, etc., can be viewed on the internet at http://www.visitspokane.com[external link].

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: United States Attorneys Office, Attn: Kathy Devlin, Administrative Services Specialist, Post Office Box 1494, Spokane, Washington 99210-1494 (or 920 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 340, Spokane, WA 99201).

No telephone calls please. Applications must be received in the office or post-marked no later than April 28, 2015.

Due May 1: Legal intern position at UNITED STATES PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (U.S. PIRG)

At The Public Interest Network, our interns have the opportunity to put their ideals into action.  Our network is comprised of some of the top public interest organizations in the country, including Environment America, U.S. PIRG, state environmental groups in 29 states, National Environmental Law Center, Environmental Action, Toxics Action Center, Pesticide Watch, Green Century Funds, Green Corps, Frontier Group, Community Voters Project, and Accelerate Change. Our mission is to build the power of citizens to move the world toward a greener, more fair, just and democratic future. 

 Together, the groups of The Public Interest Network employ more than 500 staff, who wield a full arsenal of time-tested strategies for change, including organizing, advocacy, research and policy analysis, litigation and socially responsible investing. Each group pursues its own strategy and agenda, with its own base of support. Yet all members of the network share a firm commitment to a model for success — one that emphasizes building stable, powerful organizations, embracing a tough-minded culture of accountability, and organizing to win measurable results. These results include hundreds of laws, policies and other changes that have protected consumers, preserved the environment, and otherwise made corporations and government more responsive to the public interest.

 Over the next year, our member groups will work to take on the fossil fuel industry to stop global warming and fracking and promote clean energy, advocate for stopping the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals, protect our rivers and streams, and help turn out thousands of young people to vote.

 Currently U.S. PIRG is looking for a summer intern to work in our Boston office on our Transportation Campaign. Application deadline for summer 2015-May 1st , 2015.

 Legal internships are unpaid and no future employment or preference for future employment will be promised by The Public Interest Network. We are happy to work with you to accommodate any requirements that may allow you to receive funding from your school or other entity. Work-study eligible students are encouraged to apply.

  Please email your cover letter and resume to jolivieri@pirg.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship App”.  If you have any questions, email jolivieri@pirg.org with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship Question”.

Attention bar-licensed recent grads: Fellowship on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons (LGBTI)

  • Collaboration with the team of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI Persons of the IACHR in the elaboration of thematic and country reports.
  • Collaboration with the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR in the processing of petitions, cases and requests for precautionary measures relating to the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Preparation of draft reports on petitions and cases concerning the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Research on the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons in specific countries and preparing specific reports based on the information collected.
  • Preparation of memos and other documents for hearings, working meetings and visits of the Commission related to the situation of the rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Collaboration in initiatives related to the promotion and dissemination of the human rights system and the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI persons.
  • Updating of the website of the Commission in relation to the work of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI persons.

To complete the electronic application form, click here

The fellowship application must be completed via the automated digital system created by the IACHR for this purpose. The system is open from April 15 to April 29, 2015, inclusive. We will only accept applications received via the automated digital system using the above link.

National Health Law Project seeking new attorneys in Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

NHeLP is hiring in our LA and DC offices. We are looking for two stellar individuals to join our team.

 In Los Angeles, we are hiring an attorney or senior policy analyst to focus on reproductive health. In Washington DC, we are hiring an attorney to work at the intersection of reproductive health and health disparities, and to expand our health disparities work more broadly.

 Please circulate this widely. The two job descriptions are attached and linked below.

Nazdeek is hoping to place volunteers at one of their project sights in Deli!

Nazdeek is a legal capacity building organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India. Nazdeek’s mission is to advance social and economic rights, with a core focus on women and Dalits and Adivasi communities.

Nazdeek is currently engaged in two main projects in India, one concerning labor and health rights violations of tea garden workers in Assam’s tea gardens (North East India), and a second aimed at strengthening the housing and health rights of slum dwellers in Delhi.

Nazdeek offers volunteers placements for the following periods:
– January – March
– April – June
– July – September
– October – December

However, duration of the placement can be agreed upon depending on the ongoing work and the applicant’s availability.

Volunteers will assist in a range of activities, including legal research, conducting fact-finding visits, preparing and delivering trainings and workshops, drafting legal briefs and reports as well as undertaking communication and administrative tasks. Strong research, writing and communication skills are required. Cultural sensitivity a must. The position is open for applicants from Law, Social Science or Communications background. Candidates with strong communications skills or past campaign and/or communication experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Placements will be based in Delhi, with possibility of travel to project areas. The position is unpaid, however we’re happy to support applications for external funding may you be aware of it. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter (pdf version), indicating period of availability, to:francescaferuglio@nazdeek.org

Deadline for applications for July- September: 15th May 2015.

Summer opportunity at UW CoMotion!

CoMotion has an opening this summer for a student with an electrical engineering/computer science background. UW CoMotion accepts legal interns and externs (“interns”) who seek to learn about protecting and managing the University’s intellectual property. The IP legal interns assist Patent Agents/Attorneys and/or a Copyright/Trademark Manager in evaluating, protecting, and commercializing the University’s intellectual property. To apply, please send a resume, a short statement of interest in the body of the email (including interested position and terms), and an unofficial law school transcript (and undergraduate transcript for patent interns) to Scott Smith at ssmith73@uw.edu. – See more here.

 

New intriguing and engaging events to pencil into your calendar!

April 20: Immigration Law Mixer at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Interested in Immigration Law? Please join IFAP at the Immigration Law Student-Attorney Mixer. IFAP invites you to its Immigration Law Student-Attorney Mixer. Students will have the opportunity to network with local attorneys that share a passion for immigration law. This event is FREE to all students. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. To RSVP please email dobrien3@uw.edu. The event will be held on April 20, Monday, 2015 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Davis Wright Tremaine (1201 3rd Avenue #2200 Seattle, WA).

April 21: Social Justice Tuesdays -Homelessness in Seattle and King County: Why Haven’t We Solved This Problem?

SJTPlease join the Center for Public Service Law on April 21 at 12:30 PM in Room 127 for a panel about the current state of homelessness in Seattle and King County. Despite a robust plan to eliminate homelessness in Seattle and King County, the number of individuals who are homeless is on the rise. Join our panelists for a discussion about the current situation, to learn about the work people are doing to address the challenges and discover ways to get involved.

Panelists:
• Eric Dunn, Northwest Justice Project
• Hannah Rosenberger, Directing Attorney, Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project, Seattle Community Law Center
• Alison Eisinger, Executive Director, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
• Kevin Duffy-Greaves,1L, Moderator

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu
by 12:00 pm Monday, April 20, 2015.

April 22: Public Policy & Lobbying: A Conversation with Liz Berry

lizLiz Berry is the Associate Director of Government Affairs and Communications at the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), the oldest and largest civil justice advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. During her tenure in Washington, DC, Liz was Legislative Director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) and worked as a political consultant. Liz is the President of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, the state’s only multi-partisan organization dedicated to recruiting, training and electing women to public office. She serves on the Board of Directors of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), and is an Advisory Board Member of Running Start, an organization that encourages girls and young women to pursue careers in politics.

 Liz will be talking about her career path in politics and lobbying, and her recent work on Substitute House Bill 1248, legislation that would raise our state’s Mandatory Arbitration (MAR) limits from $50,000 to $100,000.

Wednesday, April 22nd at 12:30-1:30 pm in Room 127 – RSVP in SymplicitySponsored by the Center for Professional & Leadership Development and The Washington State Association for Justice

April 23: Conversations in Criminal Justice Reform 

On Thursday, April 23 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Room 138, The Association for Student Defenders and Prosecutors (“ASDP”) is proud to present Conversations in Criminal Justice Reform at the University of Washington School of Law! The evening will start with a welcome and opening remarks by UW School of Law Dean Kellye Testy, followed by King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg’s presentation on the need for reform and the measures his office is taking to effect positive change. After the presentation, a panel of practitioners and high-level policymakers will respond with questions and comments sparked by the presentation. UW Law Professor Mary Fan will moderate the discussion. In addition to Mr. Satterberg, other panelists include: Travis Stearns, former deputy director of the Washington Defender Association; Pat Valerio, senior attorney with the Associated Counsel for the Accused; Lisa Daugaard, director of the Racial Disparity Project; and Sandy Mullins, senior policy advisor to Governor Inslee. A dessert reception will follow.

April 25: University of Washington – Bothell’s Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Conference 

University of Washington at Bothell is hosting the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Conference, taking place from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 25 includes the following workshops. Please RSVP to lwilliams@uwb.edu:

  • CORPORATE, COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION CASES FOR DIVERSITY: This workshop features representatives from corporate, community and higher education settings. These industry and educational leaders will discuss the opportunities and challenges of diversity, what’s working/not working, and what diversity-related skills their organizations are looking for in new employees.
  • MICROAGRESSIONS IN THE WORKPLACE AND CLASSROOM: This interactive workshop will address microaggressions in the workplace and classroom. More specifically: what are microaggressions, the history of microaggressions, how to deal with microaggressions, role play and where to go for more information. This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Terryl Ross,Director of Diversity at UW Bothell.
  • RACE RELATIONS FORUM: This will be a facilitated discussion about race relations in America and what it means for the greater Seattle area. Participants will discuss local and national race-related opportunities and challenges and will brainstorm ideas about how to have a progressive dialogue on race at UW Bothell.

May 1: The Washington International Law Journal’s symposium on The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Washington International Law Journal’s Symposium on The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will bring together high-level officials, academics, and experts to discuss to debate the proposed SDGs and explore the prospects for a truly transformative post-2015 development agenda. This event will take place on Friday May 1, 2015 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

In 2000, the United Nations adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, demonstrating its commitment to eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and ensure environmental sustainability by 2015. The UN has made significant progress in these efforts, but the MDGs have been criticized for their lack of attention to key issues.  In 2012, the UN set in motion the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals, to build off of the successes and failures of the MDGs. The UN General Assembly will consider these goals and adopt the SDGs in September of 2015. Many issues are being debated including:

  • How can governments set measurable goals related to environmental protection and global health?
  • What structures must be set in place to ensure government accountability for illicit financial the flows and corruption? ; and
  • To what extent are human rights and the rule of law linked to human development, and how does one measure whether a country adequately protects and promotes these rights

Confirmed speakers include:

Per Bergling, Legal Advisor on International Law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Professor of Law, University of Umea

Joshua Castellino, Professor of Law and Dean, School of Law Middlesex University and member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network where he co-chairs the Thematic Group on Social Inclusion, Gender and Human Rights.

David Gartner, Professor of Law Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability

Craig Moscetti, Public Health Consultant

Anita Ramasastry, Professor of Law and Director of Sustainable International Development Graduate Program, University of Washington

Marie Sudreau, Sovereign Debt Expert, United Nations Commission on Trade and Development

Allyn Taylor, Consultant in Global Health law and Affiliate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced international Studies

Check it out: tips for inclusion workshopping, an upcoming LGBT panel, and more!

Five Hallmarks of Effective Equity & Inclusion Workshops by Shakti Butler, PhD, World Trust

  1. Begin by building community.

At World Trust, we always begin equity & inclusion events with a community building process known as conocimiento. Conocimiento is a term that comes out of the 1 Chicano movement that means ‘having knowledge of.’ In this context it means pooling participants’ strengths and acknowledging their value to the group’s collective learning and ability to take action. More than an icebreaker, the intention of conocimiento as a beginning activity is to draw out from each participant their own ‘lived experience’ regarding that topic at hand. She/he will recall what they have lived that constitutes a knowledge base (conocimiento) that will act as a foundation for further learning. Personal reflection and the sharing of conocimiento creates a more trusting learning environment that promotes a sense of belonging, critical for transformative learning on the topic of inequity. Regardless of the amount of time you have allotted for your session or event, I recommend you begin with your own conocimiento or community building exercise. Participants can arrive at an equity event with stifled fear, guilt, anxiety and anger, or simply distracted by other happenings in their day and not fully present. Taking even a brief amount of time for community building links personal reflection to feelings of unity and collective humanity. This exercise could involve asking participants to contemplate a question and share their thoughts in dyads, and then culling the whole group’s knowledge/values from the sharing (30 minutes or more.) If I only have 50 minutes to work with a group, I might simply invite the group to close their eyes, breathe together and recall a strength that they offer in their world. When I facilitate an evening screening & dialogue event with one of my films, I sometimes begin by teaching the entire theater a song and having them stand and sing it together. All of these exercises, and many others, can fulfill the critical role of beginning an event with community building.

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Equal Justice Works is launching a nationwide competition
to find seven passionate immigration attorneys
to begin two-year, postgraduate Fellowships in September 2015!

Each Fellow will work with a prominent nonprofit organization selected by Equal Justice Works in one of six cities – Denver, Los Angeles (2 Fellows), New Orleans, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco – to provide high-quality, high volume legal services to immigrants in the host organization’s community seeking relief under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Services may include but are not limited to:

  • conducting outreach to underserved populations to locate individuals eligible for DAPA or DACA relief;
  • providing direct legal representation to assist with DAPA and DACA applications;
    creating and conducting culturally competent “know your rights” sessions;
  • training and managing pro bono attorneys to expand DAPA and DACA services;
  • preparing written brochures and/or manuals on DAPA and DACA issues for widespread distribution; and
  • collaborating with other legal and non-legal service providers in the community to share information and run trainings.

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program provides financial and other forms of support to lawyers serving vulnerable individuals and communities throughout the United States. The two-year Fellowships offer salary (at least $41,000 annually), fringe benefits, generous loan repayment assistance, a national training and leadership development program, and other support services during the term of the Fellowship.

General Information about the Application Process:

Candidates may submit applications here on our website from APRIL 17 THROUGH JUNE 1. Completed applications require a resume, personal statement, references, and two letters of recommendation.

Fellows will be placed at a host organization with expertise in immigration law chosen by Equal Justice Works. Candidates may request to be considered for multiple cities. Top-scoring candidates will interview with the host organization, but final selection of the Fellows will be made by an anonymous sponsor. Interviews will be conducted nationwide throughout June, and offers will be extended on a rolling basis beginning in July. Fellows will start work in September 2015.

To be considered, a candidate must be a qualified and dedicated graduate (spring 2015 graduates welcome to apply) of an Equal Justice Works member school committed to working with immigrant populations. Individual candidates will be judged based on immigration law experience (in general and DACA/DAPA in particular); language skills; personal connection to the issues and to the locale; and strength of recommendations.

Please visit our website for more detailed information about the competition, including candidate criteria and timeline of the selection process. Please contact fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org with any questions.

May 13: On the Human Rights Frontier – The Global Struggle for LGBT Equality 

LGBT equality is one of the defining civil rights issues of our generation. While LGBT groups have achieved remarkable, rapid progress in many Western democracies, other regions of the world continue to repress and actively discriminate against LGBT individuals. Come listen and engage with international experts and transnational activists working toward LGBT global equality.

This event is part of the Intersections in International Affairs series, hosted in partnership with the World Affairs Council and Crosscut, and made possible with generous support from Henry M. Jackson Foundation. These events are free and open to the public. They are designed to engage international affairs stakeholders in honest and proactive conversation about the work occurring at the intersections of government, business, and philanthropy. And how we can do it better.

Advantages of being a rural attorney by Aaron Burt

Ever fantasize about retiring to a sleepy little town on the Washington coast or a bustling wheat town on the Palouse? Why wait? Here are five reasons for becoming a rural attorney, gleaned from interviews with three rural Washington attorneys.

Community. Rural towns have a larger sense of community, as your neighbors are also likely involved in aspects of your social life. Attorneys say that smaller communities really allow you to take the time to get to know everyone. This means it’s not client 14-5632 who’s calling in again about matter number 1405632A, but Joe Smith who’s having issues with his property line again.

Location. Despite what the country “lacks” (according to urban denizens), there are some incomparable benefits to living and working outside of the big city. Sure, there might not be a Starbucks on every corner and there probably won’t be that one restaurant that changes names and owners every six months. But with clean air, a welcoming community, and the opportunity to drink in nature on a daily basis and enjoy the silence and peace of mind of rural areas, the countryside features plenty of work-life benefits over the city.

Support networks. Rural communities offer a lot to new attorneys who are seeking mentoring. While in the city, it seems everyone is moving 150 miles an hour, rural attorneys have indicated they like to sit down and walk through issues with a new attorney simply because they can make time for it. This creates an unmistakable air of collegiality. Rural attorneys say they are just as busy as their city comrades; however, there is a different emphasis on what the best use of their time is. Dedication breeds dedication, and our rural attorneys are thoroughbreds of professionalism.

Variety of law. “Country law” is assumed to be land use, family law, maybe some criminal law, and, if you’re lucky, maybe some tribal law. And some think the city has the “real” law: intellectual property law, international law, and civil rights law, to name a few. However, the law is the law, whether it’s urban or rural. You will be dealing with all varieties of problems with your clients outside of the city, sometimes in the same day, and even in different practice areas. If you like your 31 flavors of ice cream in the same bowl, then practicing in the country could be for you.

Access to justice. Rural communities need lawyers like they need rain for the harvest. When the number of Washington attorneys representing clients in our rural communities is only marginally higher than the number of attorneys who practice exclusively out-of-state, this says something about where our attorneys are most needed.

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UW Law students: Come to the Access to Justice Conference, June 12-14, Wenatchee WA

Meet lawyers, judges and friends who are working for equal justice!

Attend workshops that will inspire you and take your learning to the next level about poverty law, racial justice and pro bono work, just to name a few!

UW Law will sponsor several students to attend but you must apply now. Email your resume and statement of interest to mestorms@uw.edu by May 1 with subject line “Application for ATJ Conference.” If you are selected to attend you will be notified by May 11. Sponsorship to conference will include paid registration for the conference and up to $250 reimbursement for documented travel expenses.

Learn more about the conference: http://wa-atj.org/

Learn about the amazing keynote speaker Lateefah Simon: http://wa-atj.org/lateefah-simons-keynote-at-atj-conference-guaranteed-to-inspire/

A variety of new job opportunities for your consideration!

Due April 14: Amnesty International – Regional Activism and Youth Coordinator for Americas (Mexico) 

In a brand new role in one of our newest regional offices, you’ll have a huge opportunity to make a difference – both to activism in Amnesty International (AI) and to young people across Americas. Coordinating the development and delivery of activism and youth strategies, plans and projects, you’ll inspire, empower and help mobilise a new generation of activists and ensure their active participation in a uniquely challenging human rights landscape. Part of that means running workshops to promote learning and grow campaigning skills. And we’ll also look to you to provide support and advice to our national teams and expertly grow their capacity and activist structures. Doing that well means analysing current trends and sharing advanced mobilisation techniques with the global movement. All while working closely with activism and youth coordinators in the region and with the global Activism and Youth team, keeping in mind our overarching strategies and doing everything in your power to deliver high-quality, activism and youth-focused solutions.

Our aim is simple: to bring the world closer to a place where human rights are enjoyed by all. Independent, international and influential, we campaign for justice, freedom and truth wherever they’re denied. Already our network of over three million members and supporters is making a difference in 150 countries. And whether we’re applying pressure through powerful research or direct lobbying, mass demonstrations, human rights education, or online campaigning, we’re all inspired by hope for a better world. One where human rights are respected and protected by everyone, everywhere.

Due April 20: California Department of Justice Office of Human Resources –  Deputy Attorney General III 

The Licensing Section (LS) deputies represent over three dozen state licensing agencies, both within and outside of the Department of Consumer Affairs, mainly in disciplinary actions filed against licensed professionals  before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Failure to submit the following with your application package may result in elimination from the hiring process:

  • State Application (STD 678) – Clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Explanation section located at the bottom of page one.
  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample (recent briefs preferred) with their applications.

Due April 21: Office of Labor Standards – Labor Standards Investigator 

As a leader on wage, labor and workforce practices that enhance equity, address wage gaps and create a fair and health economy for workers, businesses and residents, the City of Seattle created an Office of Labor Standards (OLS) in late 2014 as a division of the City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR). OLS is mandated to implement and enforce City ordinances related to minimum wage, paid sick and safe time, use of criminal history in employment decisions, wage theft and other labor-related laws that the City may enact in the future.

Serve as an investigator in the newly established Office of Labor Standards. Under limited supervision, the investigator handles a complex investigation caseload, receiving complaints, investigating, and recommending resolutions to complaints of violations of the Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (PSST), Job Assistance Ordinance (JAO), Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO), Administrative Wage Theft Ordinance (AWT), and dual-filed discrimination cases in employment.

Conduct investigations of non-compliance of Seattle’s Labor Standards (some claims involve both labor standard and civil rights discrimination violations) including highly sensitive and/or complex investigations. Determine legitimacy of complaint, gather and preserve evidence, examine witnesses, conduct complex research using various databases and other legal tools, analyze fact patterns and prepare and issue detailed formal determinations. Negotiate and draft legally binding settlement contracts and conduct conciliation in cases where a violation of non-compliance of the labor standards law or discrimination is found. 

How to Apply: Applications completed online are preferred. See the City of Seattle’s website athttp://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default.asp. You may also pick up or drop off an application at the City of Seattle Human Resources Department, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5400, Seattle, 98104. Please provide all requested information on the application. Incomplete applications may have a bearing on their consideration.

Work on a variety of special projects, as assigned, that may include developing and leading presentations on Seattle’s Labor Standards, reviewing labor ordinances, policies and procedures, recommending new legislation to policy makers, and analysis and application of federal and/or state case law and regulations.

The work product of the Office of Labor Standards is subject to judicial scrutiny and must meet procedural and technical standards in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

Due April 27: Freedom Now is seeking a full-time lawyer!

Freedom Now is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience and address arbitrary detention worldwide through focused legal, political, and public relations advocacy efforts. Since the organization’s founding in 2001, Freedom Now has represented arbitrarily detained individuals throughout the world, helping free those wrongly detained in countries such as Azerbaijan, Burma, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. Some of our clients are well known democracy advocates, such as Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize winner imprisoned in China; while others are less well known but equally critical voices for their communities, such as Eskinder Nega, a journalist sentenced to 18 years in Ethiopia.

For more information about our work, please visit our website at www.freedom-now.org

 Freedom Now is seeking a full-time program lawyer for its work on behalf of individual prisoners of conscience and issues relating to arbitrary detention and rule of law. The program lawyer will be responsible for a portfolio of cases and will assist in the development of new cases and programs. Successful candidates will be passionate about advancing human rights and the rule of law through international advocacy efforts aimed at freeing individual prisoners. Program lawyers with Freedom Now thrive in a small, at times fast paced, office where a premium is placed on coordination internally and with outside organizations and partners.

 This position will be staffed in our Washington, DC office, with some travel, as required. The salary and benefits package associated with the position will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit a resume (CV), cover letter, and writing sample to khorberg@freedom-now.org by April 27, 2015. Due to the high volume of qualified applicants, we will only be able to follow-up with individuals who have been selected for an interview. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled once a suitable candidate has been selected.

April 30: PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICE FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – General Civil Position (for 1Ls and 2Ls)

Second two slots are general civil positions, also open to 1Ls and 2Ls, demonstrated public interest commitment with special preference to candidates who have experience in civil legal services substantive area (housing, public benefits, family law etc).

Interested candidates should apply online

EarthJustice – Law Externships: Northwest Office, Seattle, Washington (Fall 2015)

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization in the U.S.  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 citizens to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, recent writing sample (of no more than ten pages), unofficial transcript, and a list of two to three references to: Intern Coordinator, Earthjustice eajuswa@earthjustice.org or Intern Coordinator, Earthjustice, 705 Second Avenue, Suite 203, Seattle, WA 98104-1711. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please put “2015 Fall Externship” in the email subject line.

CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GLOBAL JUSTICE – Legal Intern

CHRGJ is currently accepting applications for its full-time summer internship program, which will run from June 1 to August 7, 2015. Interns will work under the guidance of one or more of the Center’s human rights staff on activities related to the Center’s current projects. This summer’s primary focus will be economic, social, and cultural rights. In particular, the Center is engaged in research and advocacy concerning inequality, fiscal policy, and human rights, the impact of international financial institutions on human rights, and the human rights implications of gold mining in Haiti, Ghana, and other countries. The work will include legal research, writing, and advocacy support. Interns will be expected to work well independently and as a team, and will be encouraged to engage with CHRGJ staff and visiting scholars as active colleagues.

Throughout the summer, interns will be provided with several educational opportunities and orientation sessions aimed at expanding their knowledge of human rights law, scholarship, and practice, and familiarizing them with human rights research tools available at NYU’s Law Library. They also will be exposed to the work of a wide array of human rights experts through the Center’s ongoing visiting lecturer series, which aims to highlight the breadth of opportunities in the field of human rights law. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge of human rights law and practice and/or to pursue a career in public interest and social justice.

To apply: Send your current CV, a cover letter, three references, current academic transcript, and a writing sample to Angela.Mew@nyu.edu with the subject: 2015 Summer Legal Internship. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. PLEASE APPLY ASAP. The internship is open to all law students, including LLMs. As this is an unpaid internship, candidates are encouraged to seek funding from their Public Interest Law Centers and other sources.

Chadbourne & Parke LLP seeks legal intern for International Arbitration and Public International Law practice group (6 months post-graduate position)

Chadbourne seeks a legal intern for the international arbitration and public international law group. Responsibilities would be mixed. The intern would to spend significant time on international arbitration and also spend significant time on international human rights litigation in which we represent plaintiffs. Job duties include reviewing and analyzing documentary evidence in Spanish; summarizing and translating key portions of documents into English; conducting legal research on legal questions arising in international arbitration matters, U.S. legal procedure and human rights law; organizing evidence for use at trial, and assisting Chadbourne attorneys in preparation for trial and motion practice. The job could also include research and assistance related to business opportunities and potential cases.

  • Applications are welcome immediately. The position will remain open until filled.
  • Applications must include: 1) a letter that addresses your goals and your interest in this position; 2) résumé; 3) law school transcript; 4) a short writing sample of 500 words or less in English and Spanish; and 5) the names of three references.

Please send all applications to Monika Klosiewicz mklosiewicz@chadbourne.com with the following subject line: “International Law Legal Intern Application.”  Chadbourne’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws. Accordingly, all employees and applicants for employment will be treated without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or citizenship status, qualified disability, sexual orientation, marital, veteran or any other legally protected status. This policy pertains to every aspect of an individual’s relationship with Chadbourne, including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, training and development, promotion, transfer, discipline or termination.

The Office of Immigration Litigation, located in Washington, DC, has openings for externships during Autumn 2015.

 Students will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams. Responsibilities may vary depending upon a student’s time commitment and ability, but will include drafting motions and appellate briefs, writing case summaries for weekly litigation reports, conducting legal research and preparing memoranda, and performing other litigation support. Students typically draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions.

 APPLICANT PREREQUISITES

Students must be rising 2Ls by the start date of their internship, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00, demonstrate interest in immigration or appellate law, and show strong research and writing skills. Students must be able to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least ten continuous weeks. Background checks and United States citizenship are required.

 The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) coordinates Federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an Appellate and a District Court Section. OIL defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for   relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. OIL also oversees civil immigration litigation in federal courts nationwide, both affirmative and defensive, and represents the United States at all federal court levels. The Office’s attorneys handle removal cases in the Courts of Appeals, and support the Office of the Solicitor General’s immigration litigation efforts in the United States Supreme Court. The Office provides advice and counsel to United States Attorneys’ offices prosecuting criminal immigration issues that overlap with the Office’s civil litigation. OIL also provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in the admission, regulation, and removal of aliens under our immigration and nationality statutes, as well as related areas of border enforcement and national security, and participates in public outreach activities, including training, conferences, and publications.

 To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial), and a 5-10 page writing sample to Terri León-Benner at: Terri.Leon-Benner@usdoj.gov.

Skies might be gray, but these events will brighten your day!

April 13 – Documentary showing – The Homestretch

HS_Poster27x40_2Please join us at William H. Gates Hall Room 133from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM on April 13 for a viewing of the documentary The HomestretchThe film follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and create a new life. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their educations while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

With unprecedented access into Chicago public schools, The Night Ministry “Crib” emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House, The Homestretch follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families, and a school system on the front lines of the homelessness crisis.

The Homestretch examines the struggles these young people face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes, and homeless youth often struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young and homeless in America today while striving to build a future.

April 14: Social Justice Tuesday – Getting a Judicial Clerkship: Myths and Facts

Tuesday, April 14, 12:30-1:20p.m., Room 127

SJTHave you considered a post-graduate judicial clerkship? Are you reluctant to apply because you think you may not be competitive? Or it’s too late? Or the application process is too difficult? If you’re interested in a judicial clerkship, we want to encourage you to apply. Come hear from some of your colleagues about their path to clerkships and learn some tips for applying. If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu. RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, April 13, 2015.

 Panelists:

  • Christal Harrison, The Honorable Ronald E. Cox, Washington Court of Appeals, Division I
  • Jacob Operskalski, The Honorable Rosanna Malouf Peterson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • Casey Schaub, Stephen J. Dwyer, Washington Court of Appeals, Division I

April 24: Panel on the Violence Against Women Act

Join on Friday, April 24 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM at the Seattle University School of Law (Room C6) the American Indian Law Journal, Center for Indian Law & Policy, SU Washington Law Caucus, SU NALSA and UW NALSA to discuss the Violence Against Women Act. Please RSVP by April 20th to ceballosl@seattleu.edu. Panelists include:

  • Chief Judge William D. Johnson, Umatilla Tribal Court
  • Sharon Jones Haydent, Tulalip Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prosecutor Alfred Urbina, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Pasqua Yaqui Tribe
  • Molly Cohan, Public Defender Tulalip Tribe, Supervising Attorney for the Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic
  • Ye-Ting Woo, AUSA Western District

April 25: Volunteer for CITIZENSHIP DAY in Vancouver, Mount Vernon, or Yakima

As we continue to wait for Congress and/or the President to act to reform the immigration system, there’s something you can do now to impact the lives of immigrant families: Volunteer at Citizenship Day on April 25, 2015. With administrative relief delayed, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the thousands of immigrants who arealready eligible for citizenship can start the process. Citizenship Day is a free one-day legal clinic to help legal permanent residents apply for citizenship and it is hosted by the WA State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and OneAmerica. It’s a great way to give pro-bono service without a long-term commitment, meet other attorneys and help your community. Signup now, and please forward the information below to your networks!

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

  • VANCOUVER: Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver, WA 98663
  • MOUNT VERNON: KSVR-Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon Campus, Laura Angst Hall, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
  • YAKIMA: Central Lutheran Church, 1604 W Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98902

 PARALEGAL: Meet one on one with clients to help complete naturalization forms. Paralegals may NOT provide legal advice. This is a great role for certified paralegals as well as non-immigration attorneys and law students seeking to gain experience in immigration law.

Please contact WNA Manager Sarah Sumadi at sarah@weareoneamerica.org with any questions about volunteering. Volunteers who haven’t attended a Citizenship Day in the last year will be required to attend a 1.5 hour training prior to the day of the event. Trainings will be held via conference call or in person on Wednesday, April 15 from 12pm-1:30pm in Seattle. If you’re unable to make the call, a recording of the training will be circulated.

May 6: WASHINGTON STATE ASSOCIATION for JUSTICE – Legal Education Seminars: POLICE MISCONDUCT: From Ferguson to Pasco

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 (1:00 PM – 4:45 PM) at Arctic Club, Seattle; 3.5 CLE Credits Approved

The 2015 Law Day and Awards Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker National Civil Rights Lawyer Connie Rice will immediately follow the seminar. Join the Washington State Association for Justice in honoring members of the Judiciary and presentation of the 2015 WSAJ Judge of the Year: The Honorable Susan Cook, Skagit County Superior Court. Click here to register for Law Day.To register for the Police Misconduct seminar, click here.