Calling for Submissions! Human Rights and Refugee Essay Competitions

Seattle Women’s Commission Seeking Candidates for Vacant Seats on the Commission, Due 9/22

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The Seattle Women’s Commission is seeking candidates for vacant seats on the Commission. The Commission advises the Mayor, City Council and city departments on issues that impact women in Seattle. The commission identifies areas of concern and recommends policy and legislation, provides feedback and opinion on issues of city and state budget, and acts as a liaison between Seattle women and city government.

As advisors to the Mayor, City Council and city departments, commissioners have the opportunity to address issues of concern for Seattle women and to work for positive change.

Terms are three, two-year terms and are subject to confirmation by the City Council. Applicants must live or work in Seattle and be available for monthly meetings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month at City Hall in downtown Seattle.

The SWC is seeking candidates with a particular interest in the following areas, in accordance with the SWC’s annual work plan:

  • Economic opportunities for women, including pay equity, job opportunities, and women-owned businesses
  • Health disparities affecting women, including access to healthy food, reproductive rights, and the social determinants of health such as infant and maternal mortality
  • Housing and homelessness including affordable housing, tenant rights, institutional and informal housing and shelters, and vehicular residents and women living in encampments in the city
  • Violence prevention including training for police and other responders, sexual assault, domestic violence and preventing youth violence
  • The SWC aims to work closely with governmental and community-based organizations to make certain that women of color, women with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, returning female veterans, youth and members of the LGBTQI communities are being served appropriately by the Commission’s work.

To apply for appointment to the Seattle Women’s Commission, submit your resume and a letter of interest by September 22, 2014. Please reference your experience and interest in the previously mentioned issue areas in your cover letter. To reduce paper consumption, electronic submissions are preferred. Email your letter of interest and resume to: marta.idowu@seattle.gov.

PLI Offering Online Seminar on Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client

PLI SeminarAs states enact new pro bono requirements and ease some restrictions on pro bono representation, it is becoming more important than ever for lawyers to understand the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. PLI’s first open interactive course is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. This course will teach new attorneys and seasoned professionals how to work effectively and cooperatively with their pro bono client.

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Call for Submissions: The Washington College of Law Human Rights Essay Award 2015 English & Spanish, Due 2/1/15

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By: Cecilia Marcela Bailliet

Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses.

For detailed guidelines about the award please click here.

Volunteer Lawyer Programs Assist in Disaster Relief Efforts

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By: Eastside Legal Assistance Program

Oso Mudslide

After the mudslide that devastated Oso in May 2014, there was an emergent need for legal services in the area. Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) responded by partnering with the local bar association and with Northwest Justice Project (NJP).  NJP launched a toll free number for those affected by the 530 Slide and informational flyers were distributed by  SCLS and NJP. Additionally, the Snohomish County Bar Association (SCBA) sent out an email to member attorneys to gauge interest in assisting – over 100 attorneys signed up to volunteer their time and expertise to the victims of the disaster.  Additionally, Foster Pepper and Perkins Coie offered their assistance to SCLS in this effort and SCLS was able to secure emergency funding from Legal Foundation of Washington to hire a part time staff attorney, Dustin Hoegemeyer, to help coordinate volunteers and assist victims of the slide.

With all of this support and dedication from the local legal community and professional organizations,  SCLS has assisted more than 30 clients to date and referrals are still coming in.  SCLS Executive Director Anita Hale reports that “It has been humbling to be part of such an amazing effort and to see individuals receive the legal support they need to start moving forward with their lives.”

Okanogan County Fires

Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS) developed a legal aid response to the wildfires in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The Wenatchee-based nonprofit opened its intake to include Okanogan County residents who were affected by the fires. VAS, in partnership with the Wenatchee law firm Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, began referring fire-related legal matters to local attorneys in July. The volunteer legal program will facilitate free legal advice through the end of 2014 and, in addition, plans to organize informational meetings and legal clinics in affected areas.

International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition: Call for Papers

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The American Society of International Law’s International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) announces an annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition, co-sponsored by the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies, Geneva; the International Law Students Association (ILSA); the International Journal of Refugee Law; Oxford University Press; and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

IRLIG seeks submissions of academic papers on international law pertaining to refugees, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. Participation is open to students enrolled at an accredited university at the time of submission.

Click here for more details.

 

 

 

 

Join GlobalWA in Conversing with Sarah Dengnan Kambou Tomorrow About Women and Alleviating Poverty

September 16: A Conversation with Sarah Degnan Kambou

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Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 PM
World Trade Center Seattle, 2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410, Seattle, WA 98121

Lunch will be served.

Today, more than 600 million adolescent girls around the world are faced with poverty, early marriage, pregnancy, and HIV, or any combination of these factors.

Join Global Impact and Global Washington in a conversation with Sarah Degnan Kambou, President of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW),to discuss new findings about effective interventions working towards ending the harmful practice of child marriage, and the integral role of women and girls in alleviating global poverty.

Strategies to be discussed include:

  • Empowering girls with information, skills and support networks
  • Educating and rallying parents and community members
  • Providing economic support and incentives to girls and their families
  • Enhancing girls’ access to a high-quality education
  • Advocating for supportive laws and policies

Please RSVP by Sept. 12 to Jackie Newman.

September 23: Come Celebrate with TeamChild Second Chances for Youth

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Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
5:30 – 8:00 PM
FareStart, 700 Virginia Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Please join us for a reception and fundraiser to support TeamChild’s critical legal advocacy for youth.   Appetizers and no host bar.  Prizes, music, remarks from Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole, & more!
Suggested investment: $100
Click here to RSVP.

October 2: Save the Date for the LBAW Annual Law Student Welcome

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Latino Bar Association of Washington’s Annual Law Student Welcome
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
3:30 PM
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Latino Bar Association of Washington’s Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 30, 201
5:30 PM
O’Asian Restaurant, Seattle

October 22: Columbia Legal Services Presents Its 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration Honoring Partners for Justice

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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Impact Hub Seattle, 220 Second Ave South (Pioneer Square), Seattle WA 98104
Brief Program 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Drinks & Appetizers 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Catered by FareStart

Join us as we celebrate pro bono work and those who fight for justice in Washington.  This event is free to attend.

Click here to RSVP, preferred by October 10, 2014.

Need Tips on Your Resume, Blogging, Combatting LGBT Bias? Check Out These Resources!

Teaching law students to blog : Interview of Law Professor Dr. Silvia Hodges Silverstein

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Looking for a Fellowship Opportunity? Organizations Accepting Applications Now

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Geneva Seeking United Nations Advocacy Officer

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The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is seeking well-qualified applicants for the position of a United Nations Advocacy Officer of the Arab Regional Advocacy Program (ARAP).

The UNAO reports to the Director of the Geneva Office of CIHRS (GO-CIHRS).  The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS): The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) was established in 1993 as a regional NGO dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. Its mission is to strengthen the human rights movement within the Middle East and North Africa.

The Arab Regional Advocacy Program (ARAP) is a regional program that is designed to increase the ability of human rights actors in the Arab region to achieve positive change by enhancing their campaigning tactics, with a specific emphasis on creating synergy between national, regional and international advocacy and influence.

The full-time UN Advocacy Officer performs advocacy, outreach, training and research duties in the context of the United Nations, as well as other tasks, according to the needs of the organization and its partners. As the UN Advocacy Officer you will be working with a small team of co-workers within the Geneva Office of CIHRS, as well as with a larger team of program and CIHRS staff located in multiple countries. Finally you will also be working with partner organizations and human rights activists from throughout the Arab region and around the world to carry out national, regional and global human rights advocacy campaigns and initiatives.

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

Harvard Law School Seeking Assistant Director for its Public Interest Advising Office

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The Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School seeks an assistant director. The assistant director is expected to counsel a large volume of highly sophisticated JD (1L, 2L, and 3L), LLM, and SJD students and clerks about all facets of a public sector career choice/job search, including advising on how to determine “fit,” the diverse range of practice options and the career decision-making process.  In addition, candidates must keep current on public interest hiring trends, plan, develop, and manage an extensive array of career programs and workshops.   S/he must also coordinate with HLS administrative offices and student groups to avoid duplication and leverage resources, manage larger-scale projects under office’s purview/related to office’s mission, conceive of/develop and write varied materials for office publications and website.

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

Thurston County’s OIC Seeking Special Assistant to the Insurance Commissioner

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The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is seeking a highly skilled, Civil Service Exempt, Special Assistant to the Insurance Commissioner. This position acts as the Commissioner’s assistant on varied issues and special projects as assigned.

As part of the agency’s policy development effort, the position acts as an assistant to the Commissioner on various special projects and assignments, and identifies emerging policy issues that affect the Commissioner’s business and strategic plan. The position leads or participates in, and manages complex projects, rule making, reports and represents the Commissioner on work groups, technical advisory groups task forces, boards, commissions or to external groups of stakeholders and constituents. The position provides testimony before and works with and on legislation and regulations at the state and federal level, and with other agencies and public private partnerships. The position represents the Commissioner on NAIC work groups, committees and task forces. The position is the agency subject matter expert on assigned areas of health coverage and health care administration.

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

Attention 3Ls! George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellowship Accepting Applications Now

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, one of the nation’s foremost civil right legal organizations, annually sponsors a one-year fellowship under the George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Fellowship Program. The Lindsay Fellowship provides an opportunity for recent law school graduates to become familiar with civil rights practice by working with many of the nation’s leading civil rights experts at the national office of the Lawyers’ Committee in Washington, D.C. Our fellows become involved with substantive legal activities, which involve co-counseled litigation with prominent law firms, including client contact, case investigation, discovery, negotiations, amicus briefs, appeals, and trial practice. Non-litigation activities include legal services to community development groups, legislative and public policy advocacy, and public education on important civil rights matters.

The one year Fellowship pays a stipend of $42,000, supplemented by a loan forgiveness payment of $2,000. The yearly stipend is also supplemented by payment of bar review and fees. Fellows have the opportunity to gain legal experience in one or more of the following areas: Voting Rights, Employment Discrimination, Education, or Fair Housing and Community Development.

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

Conservative/Libertarian Public Interest Litigation Fellowship Now Accepting Applications

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Pacific Legal Foundation’s College of Public Interest Law offers 2-year litigation fellowships to graduates interested in rapidly gaining experience in the litigation of major constitutional cases. The fellowships are  open to all graduating individuals of demonstrated high achievement and offer an exceptional opportunity  as a stepping stone to private practice, public agency law, an academic career, or a permanent position with Pacific  Legal Foundation (www.pacificlegal.org). Applicants accepted for the College of Public Interest Law  Fellowship will begin September, 2015.

Fellows will work in the Sacramento, California, headquarters of  Pacific Legal Foundation, the largest and oldest national public interest law foundation litigating in support of  private property rights, environmental balance, individual liberties, limited government, and the free enterprise  system. Guided by experienced attorneys, each Fellow will participate in hands-on litigation, including lead  attorney responsibilities in both trial level and appellate cases; write publishable legal scholarship; and attend  on-site training for MCLE credit.

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

UW’s Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Seeking Director of the Yakima and Skagit Valley GEAR Up Program

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The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) works to increase diversity on campus and enrich the collegiate experience of all UW students, faculty and staff.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Director to provide leadership, oversight, and compliance with all applicable rules and regulations pertaining to a federal training grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. As a partnership grant under the GEAR UP Program, this project is a collaboration between the University of Washington (UW), 13 school districts and several community-based partners including Junior Achievement, Boeing, Museum of Flight, College Board, etc. Given the predominance of services to schools and students in the Yakima Valley and to lesser degree the Skagit Valley, the position is stationed off-campus in a rented facility at Heritage University in Toppenish Washington.

The Yakima and Skagit Valley GEAR UP program provides a variety of college readiness activities and programs through direct service and contracts with schools. These services include college immersion experiences, mentoring, tutoring, career exploration and development, and resources for essential college planning and financial support. Since the grant focus is centered on STEM it also includes STEM curriculum support services and activities, classroom/lab development, establishment of a robotics program throughout the schools and professional development for teachers in STEM related subjects.

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

NWIRP Seeking Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Attorney in Seattle, Priority Deadline 9/21

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish‐speaking bilingual attorney to
provide direct representation, community outreach and education to survivors of domestic
violence and sexual assault and others who qualify for humanitarian protections.

The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct
representation (2) individual consultations; and (3) community education.  The attorney will
focus on providing representation on cases involving U visa petitions, VAWA self‐petitions,
adjustment of status applications and other forms of immigration relief.  The attorney will also
provide representation in removal proceedings before the immigration court. The staff attorney
may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

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

Interested in Health and the Law? Position Openings in Reproductive Health & Public Health (HIV/AIDS)

Worker’s Rights Attorney Position in Upstate New York Deadline Extended to 9/8, Due TODAY!

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Empire Justice is a statewide, multi‐issue, multi‐strategy non‐profit law firm focused on improving the “systems” within which poor and low-income families live. With a focus on poverty law, Empire Justice Center undertakes research and training, acts as an informational clearinghouse, and provides direct representation and support to local legal services programs and community based organizations. As an advocacy organization, we engage in legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of those harmed by poverty and discrimination. As a nonprofit law firm, we provide legal assistance to those in need and undertake impact litigation in order to protect and defend the rights of disenfranchised New Yorkers.

The Workers’ Rights Attorney will represent individuals and groups of low-wage and immigrant workers in the Genesee Valley region in wage theft and related claims. The Attorney will work with community organizations and worker centers to develop effective strategies to address wage theft and other forms of workplace exploitation.

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

United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) Seeking Assistant Information Officer for Six Months in Tehran, Iran, Due 9/9

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Under direct supervision of the Head of Office and within the delegated authority, the incumbents will be responsible for the following duties: Provide general support to Tehran Liaison Office in all aspects of assistance (including office management, programming and coordination); Promote dialogue with representatives of the central authorities, institutions and civil society groups; Support international staff with regular updates; Ensure that related project monitoring and reporting activities are carried out; Prepare regular reports (daily, weekly, monthly and other reports as requested by the Head of Office); Liaise regularly with other UN Agencies and NGO partners to ensure greater interaction and cooperation; Participate in relevant UN working group meetings;
Support the translation of UN and other official documents; Arrange meetings; Participate in conferences and seminars; Assist Head of Office with briefing notes, background papers and talking points; Maintain up-to-date knowledge of diverse Afghan-related issues; Supervise national staff;
Under the direction of the HoO, represent UNAMA in official meetings with local authorities, communities and organizations; and Perform other duties as required.

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

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP in Phoenix, AZ Seeking Students for Temporary Paid Law Clerk Position, Position Starts Immediately

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We are currently seeking 10-20 or so preferred law students to put in a minimum of 15-20 hours a week at $12/hour for the next 2-3 weeks. We have compiled a team of approximately 90 law students from the Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, Portland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston areas. The position requires law clerks to conduct document coding and data entry into a main database used for class certification, export report comparisons, and class notice.  Students may complete the work remotely.  Candidates must be detail-oriented with the ability to learn and produce quickly.  While there is potential for additional work after the completion of this project, there is no guarantee of any amount of work assigned to any contracted candidate.

Interested candidates should submit a resumé and availability immediately to David Pierce Uffens at David@dpierceassociates.com.

PATH Seeking Project Administer, Reproductive Health

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Pilot Introduction and Evaluation of Sayana Press is a four-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sayana Press (SP) is an innovative subcutaneous injectable contraceptive. The project will facilitate the introduction of Sayana Press in four countries:  Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda. The project aims to make Sayana Press available through routine health service delivery channels and build the evidence base for global decision-making about whether and how to include Sayana Press in family planning programs in the future. Looking beyond the current introductions, the project also plans to work closely with ministries of health in Senegal and Uganda to build the evidence base on issues such as the operational feasibility and cost-effectiveness of Sayana Press self-injection among women.

PATH is currently recruiting a Program Administrator (PADM) for the Pilot Introduction and Evaluation of Sayana Press project.

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

USAID Seeking Public Health Specialist on HIV/AIDS in Zambia

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USAID/Zambia has an immediate opening for a Public Health Specialist (HIV/AIDS Strategic
Information) in the HIV/AIDS Multisectoral Office.

The incumbent serves as the Public Health Specialist (HIV/AIDS Strategic Information). S/he is a senior program specialist and key public health advisor responsible for HIV/AIDS Strategic Information (SI) activities within USAID/Zambia. S/he works at a project management level with government ministries, implementing partners, non-governmental organizations, contractors and grantees to coordinate the design and ensure appropriate, high quality implementation and strengthening of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and evaluation projects as defined in the Country Operational Plan (COP). S/he also has duties and responsibilities in health management and information systems program management.

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

Equal Justice Works 2014-2015 AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships Now Open!

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Our AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship positions are filling up! This year, we have positions available for our Veterans Legal Corps, where Fellows will provide legal services in a variety of issue areas to veterans and military families, and Employment Opportunities Legal Corps, where Fellows will work to reduce legal barriers to employment for disadvantaged populations. Most fellows will have an option to renew for a second year, contingent upon continued funding.

Fellows begin their one-year term between August 1 and September 30. Host sites began posting positions in late June, and most available slots will be filled this month.

For a list of positions, click here and here.

For an updated list of sponsor preferences, click here.

Puget Sound Sage Seeking Executive Director, Due 10/2 at 5:00 PM PST

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Puget Sound Sage is seeking an Executive Director who is a values-driven, visionary and strategic leader committed to furthering economic, racial and social justice. Sage holds a central role in forging ground breaking change in the Northwest, reflected in recent victories to increase the minimum wage, ensure paid sick and safe time, and advance affordable housing, equitable development, environmental justice and community benefits agreements. Our success is measured through winning campaigns, but also long-term movement building, including the length and depth of true alliances between labor, immigrant rights, housing, and environmental- and faith-based partners. Sage’s board and community partners represent tens of thousands of constituents in the Puget Sound region, creating a unique capacity to create large-scale synergy for social change. And our staff team possesses a potent combination of research, organizing and racial justice analysis skills, deep union roots, broad community networks, and environmental leadership.

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

Campion Advocacy Fund Seeking Homelessness Program Director

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The Campion Advocacy Fund is seeking a politically savvy campaigner, with excellent communication skills and a well-honed understanding of Washington State’s progressive landscape, to serve as our Homelessness Program Director.

Ending homelessness and protecting wilderness—Campion Foundation’s keystone goals—require policy change and political action. We cannot buy enough housing to end homelessness, nor can we purchase the remaining public lands. Rather, we must use a variety of different vehicles to influence the public sector. By supporting a range of high-impact advocacy strategies, delivered through the creative collaborations among our experienced staff, risk-taking trustees and visionary nonprofit leaders, we can  do far more than any of us can accomplish working alone.

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

 

 

Need CLE Credits? Check Out the Upcoming CLE on Bullying in Schools

September 25: LGBT Law Section and WSBA Presents CLE on “Bullying: Legal Issues for Schools”

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Registration 1:00 – 1:30 PM, CLE Seminar 1:30 – 4:45 PM, Social 4:45 – 5:00 PM
WSBA, 1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle

What can past bullying incidents teach us about the range and consequences of anti-LGBT and other bias-based bullying? At what point can school employees most successfully prevent such violence? What laws govern school districts’ policies on bullying, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression? What creative solutions have been used to reduce recurrence of harassment, discrimination, and violence in our schools?

LGBT Law Section members: $45 (Discount will be reflected at checkout)
Non-LGBT Law Section members: $75
Law students: $20 (After adding seminar to cart, enter promo code LSN55 and click Checkout)

Approved for 3 general CLE credits for Washington attorneys

Click here to register online.

October 2: Northwest Consumer Law Center Event Kick-Off

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October 24-25: Equal Justice Works 2014 Conference & Career Fair, Registration Now Open

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We invite you to join us for the Equal Justice Works 2014 Conference and Career Fair on October 24 and 25 at the Bethesda North Marriott in Bethesda, MD.

Registration Fee: $25 per student

Students and recent graduates may register to attend the Conference and Career Fair from August 12 to October 10. All applications for interviews must be submitted by 6 p.m. EDT on September 16. A request must be sent to careerfair@equaljusticeworks.org by 5 p.m. EDT on October 10 to cancel registration and receive a full refund.

For more information, click here.

Breaking News! BIA Recognizes Domestic Violence as Basis for Asylum

Northwest Justice Project’s New Text Campaign Connects People to Legal Information

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The Northwest Justice Project is pleased to announce that we have recently launched a text campaign connecting individuals with legal information via their cell phone. Individuals who need a driver’s license for work and have a suspended driver’s license because of unpaid traffic fines, suspension due to a car accident while uninsured, or had one or more convictions for driving with a suspended license and still have unpaid fines even though the suspension period is over can text the keyword DRIVE to 877877. 

Click here to view the short video describing the campaign.

Breaking News! Highest U.S. Immigration Tribunal Recognizes Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum

By: Center for Gender & Refugee Studies

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The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) today issued a landmark ruling, Matter of A-R-C-G-, with the potential to affect immigrant women across the country. As CGRS has done with so many asylum cases based on domestic violence, we assisted the attorney in this case (Roy Petty) with briefing and strategy, and we filed an amicus brief in support of the client.

CGRS has pioneered this area of the law in two internationally known cases – starting with the case of Rody Alvarado, Matter of R-A-, and then in Matter of L-R-. CGRS Director Karen Musalo, working with her colleagues at CGRS, represented both women. In 2004, and again in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) set forth its position that women fleeing intimate partner violence can qualify for asylum and agreed to grants of asylum in R-A- and L-R-, respectively. These were important victories, signaling that these cases are viable, but they did not set precedent. Now, for the first time, we have binding precedent to support domestic violence survivors who seek protection in the United States.

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CERD Issues Its Concluding Observations on the United States

By: Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)

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The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued its Concluding Observations on U.S. compliance with the CERD treaty, reflecting many of the concerns raised by the delegation of U.S. civil and human rights groups that came to Geneva to testify.  We were especially pleased to see the strong recommendations (pp. 6-7) on U.S. housing and education policy (issues where PRRAC had submitted coalition comments).  Stay tuned for Megan Haberle’s report on the CERD review in the next Poverty & Race, and thanks to the U.S. Human Rights Network for coordinating a successful advocacy effort.

Click here for the full report.

Moldovan Legal Professionals Trained on Fighting High-Level Corruption

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By: American Bar Association

From May 4–10, six Moldovan legal professionals attended the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative Institute’s second regional anti-corruption training with support from the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). ABA ROLI also selected the Moldovan participants, including two prosecutors, a judge and a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) trainer, who were accompanied by an ABA ROLI staff attorney. A total of 24 lawyers, including from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine, attended the Prague workshop.

The interactive course addressed several aspects of investigating high-level corruption, including tracking money, interviewing witnesses, and gathering and presenting evidence. The training employed a case study, allowing participants to work in smaller groups to accomplish various tasks, such as identifying potential corrupt practices, developing an investigation plan, identifying and interviewing witnesses and defendants, analyzing financial data and presenting evidence in court.

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Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

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By: Shaila Dewan, New York Times

Just after 7 a.m., sheriff’s deputies knocked on the door of the duplex apartment, holding a fluorescent orange eviction notice. The process was quick and efficient. A moving crew began to carry out the family’s possessions and stack them neatly at the curb. Celeste Wilson, the tenant, appeared on the front step in pajama pants.

Ms. Wilson, 36, explained that the family had missed a month of rent when her husband fell ill, so the landlady filed for eviction. Knowing they would be thrown out, the Wilsons had already found a new home, paying a double security deposit and an extra $300 because of the open eviction case.

“It’s the stability I worry about,” Ms. Wilson said, watching her five children trickle out into the yard that had been their playground for five years. “They’ve got to start off fresh, get new friends, new neighbors. It might not show now, but maybe later on in life.”

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Opportunity for Service! Northwest Justice Project Accepting Letters of Interest for Its Board of Directors

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By: WSBA Board of Governors

The WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Justice Project (NJP). There are three attorney positions open for three-year terms commencing January 2015 and ending in December 2017. Notice of BOG action will follow its November 2014 meeting.

The Northwest Justice Project is a 125-attorney statewide not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income people from 17 offices throughout Washington. NJP is funded primarily by the State of Washington and the federal Legal Services Corporation, with additional support from the Legal Foundation of Washington. NJP’s 2014 budget is $22 million.

Board members play an active role in setting program policy, assuring adequate oversight of program operations, and must have a demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of, the delivery of high-quality civil legal services to low-income people.

NJP’s Board is a working board. Board members are expected to attend quarterly meetings in Seattle normally on the last Saturday of January, April, July, and October. Board members also serve actively on one or more standing committees. The Board typically holds a one-day annual Board retreat, which may be held in conjunction with an appropriate equal justice conference. Attorney Board members are expected to participate and support NJP efforts in legal community activities and limited resource development efforts. Travel and lodging expenses are reimbursed, as appropriate.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés on or before Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, to WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539; or email barleaders@wsba.org.